Great Expectations - Parole in 2016 and Beyond - Manchester
"Dear boy and Pip's comrade. I am not a-going fur to tell you my life, like a song or a story-book. But to give it you short and handy, I'll put it at once into a mouthful of English. In jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail. There, you got it. That's my life pretty much, down to such times as I got shipped off, arter Pip stood my friend.”
The Parole Board for England and Wales will be fifty years old next year.
Earlier this year, Nick Hardwick, the former Chief Inspector of Prisons was appointed as the new Chair of the Parole Board. There are high expectations of both Hardwick and the Parole Board’s new Chief Executive Officer, Martin Jones, to deliver a parole system which works better for prisoners and the public.
The role and powers of the Parole Board have expanded significantly since it was established in 1967 as a small, advisory body. It now operates with Court-like powers to direct the release of prisoners and deals with many thousands of cases each year.
Great Expectations – Parole in 2016 and Beyond is a two-part discussion event which will take stock of the current parole system and explore what the future might look like.
The first part took place in London in July. The follow-up will be in Manchester on 30 November at Garden Court North Chambers. The event is a collaboration between SL5 Ltd, the Association of Prison Lawyers and Garden Court North.
Lawyers Pete Wetherby QC and Matthew Stanbury from Garden Court North will talk about rehabilitation as an international legal norm and what options are available to enable the many IPP prisoners still incarcerated to progress towards their release.
Jackie Craissati and Paula Harriott will co-present Prisoner Involvement in the Parole Board Process: Innovations and Creative Solutions.
Andrew Sperling will be chairing the event.
There will be a Q and A session after the three presentations.
If you would like to submit a short question for any of the speakers, please write to: Andrew Sperling, c/o Olliers Solicitors, 11 Duke Street, Manchester, M3 4NF.
Wednesday 30 November 2016 from 12pm - Reception 12pm, Event 12:30pm – 3pm.