Wednesday 30th November 2016 – 12pm to 3pm

Garden Court North Chambers, 3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage Manchester. M3 2JA.gcn

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The cost of this event is just £40.00 per person.
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

“Dear boy and Pip’s comrade. I am not a-going fur to tell you my life, like a song or a story-book. But to give it you short and handy, I’ll put it at once into a mouthful of English. In jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail. There, you got it. That’s my life pretty much, down to such times as I got shipped off, arter Pip stood my friend.”

The Parole Board for England and Wales will be fifty years old next year.

Earlier this year, Nick Hardwick, the former Chief Inspector of Prisons was appointed as the new Chair of the Parole Board.  There are high expectations of both Hardwick and the Parole Board’s new Chief Executive Officer, Martin Jones, to deliver a parole system which works better for prisoners and the public.

The role and powers of the Parole Board have expanded significantly since it was established in 1967 as a small, advisory body.  It now operates with Court-like powers to direct the release of prisoners and deals with many thousands of cases each year.

Great Expectations – Parole in 2016 and Beyond is a two-part discussion event which will take stock of the current parole system and explore what the future might look like. The first part took place in London in July. The follow-up will be in Manchester on 30 November at Garden Court North Chambers. The event is a collaboration between SL5 Ltd, the Association of Prison Lawyers and Garden Court North.

  • What does the future of the Parole Board look like?
  • What expectations should prisoners and the public have for the Parole Board?


sl5Andrew Sperling is a Legal and Policy Consultant and Parole Specialist.  He was a founder member of the APL and APL Chair between 2010-2013. He was commissioned by the Parole Board to work on governance and stakeholder projects during 2014 and 2015.

Feedback from the London event:

  • “I found it a very interesting and worthwhile event, with a lot of good insights into issues which I deal with in my practice. Thank you for organising it”
  • “Event was very useful and I went away feeling quite positive with the way in which the Parole Board are hoping to develop and move forward. They clearly seem to recognise the deficiencies within the system and hopefully will have the support to rectify these in due course. It was interesting to note that the Parole Board are not averse to transferring under the umbrella of HMCTS – something which I believe would be a good thing.”