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New Parole Committee members sought 14 March 2008

ANYONE interested in serving on the Parole Committee has until March 20 to apply.

The Department of Home Affairs is advertising two vacancies on the Committee, one of which is for a legally qualified person with experience of practising criminal law. The other is for a lay member who will be required to have relevant life experience to be appointed. Training is available for all members. Members are appointed initially for a three year term, which can be extended.

Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle explained:

‘Ideally we are looking for new members who have experience of the criminal justice system, here or elsewhere, plus a wealth of life experience and an open mind. They must have an interest in serving the community and need to be quite resilient to cope with some of the information they are asked to consider. However, it can be very rewarding and it gives people the opportunity to play a part in the criminal justice system on the Island.’

The Isle of Man Parole Committee is a statutory Committee within the Isle of Man Criminal Justice System which is totally independent of all Government Departments and accountable to the Minister for Home Affairs.

It is responsible for assessing those prisoners who are eligible to apply for parole and in recommending to the Minister their early release when they are considered suitable by the Committee in terms of the key criteria of not being an unacceptable danger to the public, or considered unlikely to re-offend.

Parole Committee members are not salaried but are entitled to claim an attendance allowance and the costs of travel to meetings. The Committee meets quarterly but can meet monthly if it has urgent cases to consider.

Anyone who has been employed as a probation officer, police officer or in the administration of justice during the last five years cannot be considered for membership of the Parole Committee.

For an application pack contact Mrs. Tracey O’Neill on 694328 or email recruitment@dha.gov.im. For an informal discussion please contact the Clerk to the Parole Committee on 694314.

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