Parole Board

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Policemen outside a house in Gillam Street, Worcester, where the bodies of three young children were found impaled on garden railings in April 1973. File photograph: PA

A man who killed three children before hanging their mutilated bodies on a fence outside their UK home more than 40 years ago has been cleared for rel(...)

 ‘If a case involves murder, many family members are still experiencing severe trauma and mental health problems after the death of their loved one’, John Costello chairman of the Parole Board said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Life sentence prisoners released from Irish jails last year had served an average of 18 years, the Parole Board has said. Of the 21 life sentence pri(...)

John Costello, head  of the Parole Board: “In England over the five-year period from 2011 over £1 million was paid to prisoners because of delayed parole hearings.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Parole – the process allowing for the release for Ireland’s most serious criminals – is due to get a major shake-up later this year when the Oireachta(...)

The proposed site for the prison-themed cafe is located near Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: iStockphoto

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is seeking to open a “prison-themed” cafe in Dublin city centre which will employ ex-offenders. As part of the Departm(...)

All of those serving life sentences in Irish prisons are there for either homicide offences (327) or serious sexual offences (12). File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has a relatively small prison population but the percentage of inmates serving life sentences has been increasing for years. Today nearly 9 p(...)

Victims of crime currently have no formal role in the parole process but are alerted when an offender is being considered for early release, and may make written submissions. File photograph: Getty Images

One-third of letters received by the Parole Board from victims of crime are in favour of releasing the offender from prison. Victims of crime current(...)

The vast majority of the approximately 350 life-sentence prisoners in Ireland are there for murder, and can only be released by the Minister for Justice on the advice of the Parole Board.  File photograph: Getty Images

The Government is to set a new effective minimum sentence of 12 years for murder as part of its plan to reform the parole system. The 12-year provisi(...)

Charlie Flanagan: the Minister for Justice is bringing forward a number of committee-stage amendments to the Bill, which Fianna Fáil  will support. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Free legal aid is to be provided for victims of crime as well as those who were convicted but seeking parole, under proposals being brought to Cabinet(...)

Ohio inmate Raymond Tibbetts was convicted of fatally beating and stabbing his wife, Judith Crawford, and fatally stabbing Fred Hicks, a man for whom she provided care. File photograph: Ohio Department of Corrections/Handout via Reuters

The governor of Ohio on Thursday postponed next week’s scheduled execution of a convicted double murderer in light of a letter from a juror in the ma(...)

In 2016, three life-sentence prisoners, who had all served at least 17 years, could not be released because there were not enough supports for them in the community. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Officials in the Department of Justice are concerned that the State could be facing costly legal action from prisoners whose parole hearings have been(...)

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