Parole Board of Tasmania
About the Parole Board
The Parole Board consists of three members:
- One member must be a Legal Practitioner with at least seven years' experience.
- Two members must have experience in sociology, criminology, penology or medicine.
- The Governor appoints a chairperson from the above members.
The Parole Board has the authority to:
- grant parole
- defer making a decision on whether a prisoner should be released on a parole order
- refuse to release a prisoner on a parole order
The Parole Board takes into consideration the following points before making a decision about granting a parole application:
- the likelihood of re offending
- the protection of the public
- the rehabilitation of the prisoner
- comments made on passing sentence (by the magistrate or judge)
- the likelihood of the prisoner complying with conditions
- the circumstances and the gravity of the offences committed
- the behaviour of the individual while in prison
- the behaviour of the prisoner during previous parole orders
- the behaviour of the prisoner during other orders (eg: probation order and community service order)
- any reports tendered to the Parole Board
- the probable circumstances of the prisoner after release from prison and
- any other matters the Parole Board thinks relevant.