All breaches of conditions are taken seriously by parole officers and the Parole Board. Parole conditions are designed to support the parolee and ensure the safety of the community and victims of crime.
Guidelines provide probation officers with clear processes for all breaches, however when breaches relate to non-compliance with specific conditions, or re-offending behaviour, the Parole Officer must prepare a revocation report for the next meeting of the Parole Board. In serious cases a revocation report may be considered by the Chairperson upon its completion. The report will include recommendations but the final decision about revocation of parole rests with the Chairperson of the Board who may receive directions about these matters from the Parole Board.
When the Parole Board receives a revocation report it considers the nature of the breach and may:
- issue a warning letter to the parolee;
- place new conditions on the parole order; or
- issue an instrument revoking the parolee’s parole, which allows police to arrest the parolee and take them before the Court of Summary Jurisdiction. In circumstances where the Court is satisfied that a parolee’s parole has been revoked by the Parole Board, the Court must issue a warrant for the commitment of the person to prison to serve the part of the term of imprisonment to which the parole order relates that the person has not served.