Identify Work for Next Review
Where an application for Parole is unsuccessful and where there are over 16 months of sentence remaining the prison social worker should meet with the prisoner to identify what work is required before the next review. The Parole Board minute may comment on further work required and the social worker should engage with the prisoner to take this forward, including making appropriate referrals to SPS programmes.
Where the prisoner is to be released on a non-parole licence they will be released at the two thirds stage of sentence and the licence will run until the end date. Offenders released on a non-parole licence are mainly those who have self rejected from the parole process or whose conduct in prison and circumstances indicate that there is an unacceptable risk of re-offending on release. They may have done little or no work on factors such as drug or alcohol abuse which has contributed to their offending behaviour or have a history of non compliance with previous supervision. In light of this it is important that the prison social worker and supervising officer attempt to engage with the prisoner in developing a realistic plan for release and offer advice on any additional conditions of the licence.