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The Board’s role in the Criminal Justice System is to undertake an assessment of the risk that long-term sentenced offenders might pose to the safety of the community if they were to be released before the end of their sentence.  The Board also sets conditions of release for offenders so their reintegration back in to the community can be effectively managed.  Once the conditions are set it becomes the responsibility of the Community Probation Service to manage the offender.

This area of the Board’s website is written for victims, offenders and other interested members of the general public.  It contains the following pages:

Functions and guiding principles – as stated in the Parole Act 2002.

The hearing process – a guide to what happens, and when it happens, when a hearing is scheduled for an offender.

Cases and eligibility – a guide to the types of case the Board considers.

Standard and Special Conditions – the conditions (rules) with which an offender must comply on release.  This area of the site lists the conditions that must be imposed on an offender by law, as well as the types of release conditions that the Board can additionally impose on an offender’s release.

Post-release - Condition Variations and Recall – release conditions may be varied by the Board upon application after an offender is released.  All offenders are liable to be recalled to continue serving their sentence in prison until their statutory release date.

Recent law changes (1 October 2007) - an overview of changes made to the laws affecting the Board and its functions, in force from 1 October 2007.

History and structure - brief history of the Board.

Who's who - a list, and short biographies, of the current members of the Board.

Frequently Asked Questions - for example, why do we have parole?

Who does what?
  • Who decides how much of a risk an offender is to the safety of the community?
    - the New Zealand Parole Board.
  • Who decides whether an offender has served enough time in prison?
    - no-one, this is set in law, but a Sentencing Court may set a minimum 'non-parole' period.
  • Who sets the length of an offender’s sentence?
    – the Court that sentenced them.
  • Who manages an offender that has been released on parole?
    – the Community Probation Service.
  • Who advises victims about their eligibility to register their details for notification of certain events?
    – the NZ Police.