Parole hearings 'may treble' after fairness ruling

The Parole Board has said it may have to deal with three times as many hearings next year, following a court ruling on fairness for prisoners.

The parole board fears hearings may increase dramatically.
The parole board fears hearings may increase dramatically. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Following a ruling by the Supreme Court in October prisoners are entitled to oral hearings even if they are unlikely to be released or transferred.

This means the number of hearings could increase from 4,500 to 14,000, according to the Parole Board for England and Wales' annual report.

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Parole board hearings 'to treble due to fairness rules'

The Parole Board has said it may have to deal with three times as many hearings next year, following a court ruling on fairness for prisoners.