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Justice Statement: Parole Board and victim support

The announcement by the Parole Board that John Worboys, a convicted sex offender, will be released on licence raises serious questions over the Government’s handling of parole.

Post release supervision is an important aspect of our parole system and I wanted assurances from the new Secretary of State that he will take actions to mend the ‘fractured system’ described by Dame Glenys Stacey – the Chief Inspector of the Parole system.

The part privatisation of the probation system has had a serious impact upon the parole system. I warned at the time of the privatisation that this would happen but the Government ploughed on regardless. Now is time to take stock, think of victims of crime and mend the failed ideological measures taken by the Conservatives.