Outcomes of completed oral hearings conducted by the Parole Board are published in the latest Parole Board Annual Report available at:
These figures are reproduced below.
Life sentenced prisoners
Oral hearing outcome
This table provides outcomes only in respect of oral hearings. The Parole Board also takes decisions on the papers and without convening oral hearings. One life sentence prisoner received a recommendation for open conditions following a paper review in 2010/11.
It is not possible to say how many were not recommended for transfer as negative outcomes include offenders who were already in open conditions and were refused release. Information on the location of a prisoner at the time of a review is not held centrally.
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.
The categorisation and allocation of an offender to an open prison is never an automatic progression, with public protection the paramount consideration in the decision-making process. Only those prisoners whose risks are assessed as manageable in conditions of low security will be allocated to an open prison.
Last year, we took decisive action to protect the public by changing the policy by which prisoners may be transferred to open conditions. As a result of a comprehensive review, we made major changes to tighten the eligibility for open prisons. Prisoners may no longer be transferred to open conditions or allowed out on temporary release if they have previously absconded, escaped, attempted to escape, or if they have failed to return or have re-offended whilst released on temporary licence, unless there are exceptional circumstances.