About parole & sentence breaches.
Parole is governed by the Parole Act 2002. The Parole Board role is to undertake an assessment of the risk(s) that a long-term (when sentenced to over 2 years’ imprisonment) prisoner might pose to the safety of the community if they are released before their “statutory release date” or put simply, when their full sentence has been served. If an offender is released, they will be put on conditions.
Our team also regularly deal with clients who have been charged with offences or breaches of court orders and sentences. These include breaches of parole, home detention, community detention and community work/service orders.
We have successfully helped many clients to be granted parole well before their end date; we have also had success at having parole considered earlier than a statutory release date (under section 26 of the Parole Act 2002).
We help our clients and their families to submit a strong proposed release plan so that the Parole Board can have all of the relevant information required to make a fair and informed decision. Subsequently we represent clients at their parole hearing to ensure the process is dealt with fairly and to strengthen their case. For more information on the Parole Board, see: http://www.paroleboard.govt.nz