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The new statutory Parole Board, chaired by Mr Justice Michael White, has been formally established following the commencement of the Parole Act 2019. The legislation sets out clear and transparent criteria for how the Board will reach its decisions, which will be independent of the justice minister

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The establishment of an independent Parole Board on a statutory footing will be completed by July this year, Justice Minister Helen McEntee has said. The justice minister has set out her plan for the full commencement of the Parole Act 2019 this year, which will build on "significant work" under tak

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The Parole Board will be put on an independent statutory footing by the end of next year, Justice Minister Helen McEntee has said. Ms McEntee gave an update on the implementation of the Parole Act 2019 as she launched the Board's annual report for 2019.

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A parole hearing is set to take place via video link for the first time in Northern Ireland. The Parole Commissioner of Northern Ireland had earlier issued guidance that all parole hearings at prisons and at Shannon Clinic would be postponed until further notice.

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Six new criminal justice commissioners have been appointed to the Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland. The Department of Justice announced the appointments alongside that of Paul Mageean as chief commissioner and 34 serving commissioners for a further term of office.

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Life sentence prisoners in Ireland serve an average of 17-and-a-half years in custody, according to the latest figures from the Parole Board. The Parole Board reviewed 122 prisoners over the course of 2018 and recommended seven long-sentence prisoners for reviewable temporary release, according to i

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The UK Supreme Court has provided a date for a parole decision appeal by prisoner Michael Stone. Mr Stone was previously convicted of killing six people in 1988 during the Troubles and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. However, he was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in 2000.

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Legislation providing for an independent, statutory Parole Board following a clear and transparent process has been approved by the Oireachtas. The Parole Bill 2016, introduced as a private member's bill by Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Jim O'Callaghan, was supported by the Government afte

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