Thursday, 11 July 2019
Parole Bill 2016: Committee and Remaining Stages
Section 31 deals with the variation of a parole order. This section provides that the board can vary a parole order of its own motion or by an application by the parolee, the Probation Service, the Prison Service, An Garda Síochána, the Minister or any person that the board considers appropriate. A variation will generally be to the conditions attaching to a parole order but it can also be to the release date. For example, if a prison governor feels that the prisoner needs more time to prepare for full release, the decision to vary a parole order must be in writing and give reasons for the decision. It must also specify the date when the variation comes into effect. The decision will not contain any information about the victim unless this is necessary. A copy of the decision on variation must be provided to the parolee, the Probation Service, the Prison Service, and An Garda Síochána. The Minister must also be notified. The victim must be notified in writing of the decision and of any variation of a decision relevant to them and the effective date of the variation, unless they wish otherwise.
The initial application is simply a written confirmation that they wish to be considered. Their submission, which contains all the details, can be made on their behalf.