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Parole Reform in Scotland

DescriptionThis consultation seeks views on proposed amendments to primary legislation the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 (“the Act”) and to secondary legislation the Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 2001 (“the Rules”).
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJuly 21, 2017


ISBN 978 1 78851 104 9 (Web only publication)
PPDAS 266573

This document is also available in pdf format (546KB)
The respondent information form and consultation questionnaire are available in MS Word format (167KB)




Consultation queries and key dates

What is Parole?
What is the Parole Board for Scotland?
Primary Statutory Powers and Functions of the Parole Board
How does the Parole Board consider cases?
Why are we proposing changes to the Parole system?
What are we seeking your views on?
Governance of the Parole Board
Involvement of Scottish Ministers in the Parole process
Tests that the Parole Board apply in determining whether to release
Timescales for subsequent reviews following initial consideration for parole
Way in which information is supplied to the Parole Board
Administrative procedures for considering cases as set out in the Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 2001

Consultation questions

Responding to this consultation

Handling your response

Next steps in the process

Comments and complaints

Scottish Government consultation process

Respondent Information Form