About the Parole Board
The Parole Board for Scotland is a tribunal Non Departmental Public Body. The Board, which has been in existence for more than 40 years, is a judicial body that is independent of Scottish Government and impartial in its duties. It's main aim is to ensure that those prisoners who are no longer regarded as presenting a risk to public safety may serve the remainder of their sentence in the community under the supervision of a social worker. It is not the responsibility of the Board to consider the questions of punishment and general deterrence. These issues are regarded as discharged, in the case of determinate sentence prisoners, when a case is referred to the Board by the Scottish Ministers and on which the judiciary has deliberated in indeterminate prisoners’ cases.
The Parole Board has a number of statutory functions, largely set out under the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 and the Management of Offenders etc (Scotland) Act 2005.
The Board only grants release in cases where the level and nature of risk is deemed to be manageable, this decision is informed by the evaluation of risk assessments.
The type of sentence imposed will determine both at which point in the sentence the Parole Board will consider release and under what procedures the review will take place.
See also Sentence Type
See also Role of the Board
See also Frequently Asked Questions