Reconsideration of Parole Board decisions: Creating a new and open system

Closed 28 Jul 2018

Opened 28 Apr 2018


In January 2018, the Secretary of State launched a Review into the law, policy and procedure relating to parole decisions, focussing on the following four work strands:

  1. the law, policy, guidance and practice relating to challenges to Parole Board decision making
  2. the transparency of Parole Board decision making
  3. victim involvement in Parole Board hearings
  4. arrangements for communicating with victims

As a result, we have concluded that, in certain circumstances, Parole Board decisions should be allowed to be reconsidered. This consultation is aimed at those who have an interest in the decision making of the Parole Board for England and Wales. This paper considers and seeks views on the proposed parameters for and operation of the proposed reconsideration process, with respect to:

  • which types of decisions should be reconsidered
  • who should be able to apply for reconsideration of a decision
  • on what basis a decision should be reconsidered
  • how we can make the process transparent whilst also ensuring there are sufficient safeguards to protect panel members, victims and others


  • Citizens
  • Local authorities
  • Government departments
  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary
  • Immigration removal centre staff
  • Young offender institute staff
  • Police
  • Prosecutors
  • Offenders
  • Youth Offending Team workers


  • Criminal justice
  • Law
  • Access to justice
  • Parole Board for England and Wales
  • UK Law