Reports determine parole


THE decision by the parole board in granting parole to prisoners are determined by internal and external reports a prisoner’s behaviour, a senior officer says.
Bomana prison commander Superintendent Haraha Keko said the reports were prepared by the Correctional Service and Community Based Corrections of the Justice department.
“The CS monitors a prisoner’s behaviour within the confines of the prison while the CBC engages with the community at large,” Keko said.
“The CBC ensures that peace and security would be maintained within the concerned community once the prisoner is released while ensuring the safety of the victim(s) as well.
“This is how reports are taken, appraised and submitted to the board.”
Keko was responding to public concern over the delay in granting parole to prisoners who applied.
“The parole board is an independent body headed by the Department of Justice and Attorney General secretary Dr Lawrence Kalinoe,” he said.
Factors involved in granting parole are prisoner category (low security), those that have reached the eligibility date set by the board which may not be automatic, a committee to review remaining prison term, the provision of security to monitor prisoner on parole.
“The other issue is that the (crime) victim(s) can also decide if the prisoner should be granted parole or not.
“Prisoners listed for parole who breach prison rules would revert to serving their full sentences again until they start to behave. Those are some of the delays in granting parole to prisoners.”
Keko said eligibility for parole was for prisoners serving life sentences and those who had served one third of their maximum sentences.

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