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Ep5: Impossible decisions? A look at parole

How can you know if someone should be released from prison?
Alexandra Kimmons
04 Aug 2022

The parole system in England and Wales has been the subject of much debate and scrutiny in recent years. In this episode, we take a look at the factors that go into the decision to release someone from prison, and ask whether the system is up to task.

Hosts Rob and Penelope are joined by Nicky Padfield, Professor of Criminal and Penal Justice at the University of Cambridge, and Dr Laura Janes, consultant solicitor for GT Stewart, to talk about proposed changes to parole outlined in the government’s Root and Branch Review and whether these changes would make the parole system fairer.

Professor Nicky Padfield @cambridgelaw
View Nicky’s profile here.

Dr Laura Janes @LauraJanes_UK
View Laura’s bio here.

Further resources
Read the JUSTICE report A Parole System Fit for Purpose here.
The government’s Root and Branch Review of the Parole System can be found here.

The Transform Justice podcast is hosted by Penelope Gibbs and Rob Allen and produced and edited by Alexandra Kimmons. With thanks to Burges Salmon LLP for use of their space.