The safety of the community and the rights of victims are keys issues when the Parole Board is considering a parole application, especially for violent and sexual offenders.
Probation and parole officers attempt to talk to victims and their families before providing reports to the Parole Board.
The Parole Board will consider submissions made by the victims and their families before deciding whether to release a prisoner on parole.
Victims who wish to be told when the offender is being considered for parole can register on the Northern Territory Victims’ Register.
However, even if the victim is not registered, probation and parole officers will attempt to contact them or their family.
Victims or their representatives can have their say on the parole application.
Probation and parole officers include their consultation with victims in the parole report. Victims also have the opportunity to supply a written submission to the board.
The board's decision
Victims can request to be told of the Parole Board’s decision through the Northern Territory Victims Register.
Prisoners are not given victim information unless approved by the victim.
If parole is denied, victims will be contacted if any future applications are made by the prisoner.
The victim will be told if parole is granted, and is entitled to some information if registered on the victims’ register.
Access to parole information of a family member
If a family member would like information on a prisoner’s parole application, they should contact their probation and parole officer. The prisoner will need to give permission to disclose any information.