7 Guiding principles

(1)

When making decisions about, or in any way relating to, the release of an offender, the paramount consideration for the Board in every case is the safety of the community.

(2)

Other principles that must guide the Board’s decisions are—

(a)

that offenders must not be detained any longer than is consistent with the safety of the community, and that they must not be subject to release conditions that are more onerous, or last longer, than is consistent with the safety of the community; and

(b)

that offenders must, subject to any of sections 13 to 13AE, be provided with information about decisions that concern them, and be advised how they may participate in decision-making that directly concerns them; and

(c)

that decisions must be made on the basis of all the relevant information that is available to the Board at the time; and

(d)

that the rights of victims (as defined in section 4 of the Victims’ Rights Act 2002) are upheld, and submissions by victims (as so defined) and any restorative justice outcomes are given due weight.

(3)

When any person is required under this Part to assess whether an offender poses an undue risk, the person must consider both—

(a)

the likelihood of further offending; and

(b)

the nature and seriousness of any likely subsequent offending.

Compare: 1985 No 120 s 107A(3)

Section 7(2)(a): amended, on 1 October 2007, by section 6(1) of the Parole Amendment Act 2007 (2007 No 28).

Section 7(2)(b): amended, on 1 October 2007, by section 6(2) of the Parole Amendment Act 2007 (2007 No 28).

Section 7(2)(d): amended, on 17 December 2002, by section 53 of the Victims’ Rights Act 2002 (2002 No 39).