Reducing Parole Hearings

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 — 2:10 PM

A bill reducing the number of parole hearings for prisoners with little prospect of release was introduced when Parliament resumed today.

The Parole Amendment Bill explanatory note said the move to reduce hearings would reduce unnecessary stress for victims of crime while also providing incentives for offenders to address their offending behaviour.

The Bill also improves the efficiency of the parole system by simplifying pre-hearing processes and clarifying issues around attendance at hearings conducted by the New Zealand Parole Board.

The annual report of the Takeovers Panel was presented and MPs began Question Time

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