Factors That Influence Parole Decisions in Canada
The first thing to know about parole is that the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) has complete control over who receives or does not receive parole. The second thing worth knowing about the PBC is that is it an independent entity operating outside the influence of the prisons and the government. That means that the PBC does not consider issues like overcrowding in prisons when making decisions.
The Decision-Making Process
The decision-making process relies on two principles: the protection of society is first, and deciding what is necessary and proportionate regarding the sentence and for the conditional release is second.
The mains considerations undertaken by the board are whether or the releasing the offender will pose an undue risk to society or rather will releasing the offender be good for society because the offender will be able to return to life in the community as a law-abiding citizen.
In order to reach a conclusion about parole, the PBC conducts a thorough risk assessment using scientific and actuarial tools and considers the following things about each offender:
Social and criminal history
Background factors that may have contributed to criminal behaviour
Type of offence
Progress made by the offender in prison programs
The offenders supports in the community and plans for after release.
The PBC takes its job very seriously, and considers each offender’s case individually. More information can be found on the Government of Canada Website, noted below.
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