Decisions about the transfer of prisoners to open conditions are for the Secretary of State on the recommendation of the Parole Board. In October 2014, the Parole Board conducted a review of its recommendation that Alan Wilmot be transferred to open conditions. Such reviews are undertaken by the Board when serious further offences are committed by those transferred to open conditions or released on parole. The outcome of these reviews is considered by the Parole Board Management Committee.
Following the commission of serious further offences by Alan Wilmot and by two other prisoners who had been released in 2013 on temporary licence, the government commissioned an independent review by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons of the decisions to release these three prisoners on temporary licence, as well as a broader review of the system of temporary release to look at how it could be strengthened. Following the recommendations made by the Chief Inspector, the department has overhauled the process for allowing prisoners release on temporary licence, leading to a 39% drop in the number of temporary release failures between 2013 and 2014.