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ANNUAL REPORT 2014 32 PAROLE BOARD OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY | ANNUAL REPORT 2014 PAROLE BOARD OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY | ANNUAL REPORT 2014 33 Extensive consultation and testing of resources has been conducted and, following staff training in June 2015, the resources will be officially launched and implemented operationally. The resources will be known as the Indigenous Language Resources. Parole Board Members Manual In June 2013, Community Corrections commenced the development of a Manual for Parole Board members. The Manual was prepared as a collaborative exercise with sections being written by relevant parties who hold particular expertise and knowledge. The purpose of the Manual is to: maintain and enhance the quality of decision making and management of parole matters by the board; provide a detailed description of the legislative, administrative and enforcement framework in which the Board members are required to operate; maintain the high ethical standards that have been adopted and followed by the Board; explain the procedure which is followed when a prisoner applies for parole; delineate the decision making framework, which emphasises community safety; and increase the transparency and accountability of the Boards decision making process and support probation and parole officers, other stakeholders and educate the members of the public. The manual was finalised in late 2014 and is available on the Parole Board website. Parole Board Training Workshop Training workshops are an essential element of the professional development of Parole Board members. Workshops provide an opportunity to: share information about current developments in the Department that impact on prisoners; deliver training and share information on contemporary practices and research in relation to offender management and the work of the Parole Board; and receive feedback from members on the current operations of the Parole Board and any matters that may be of concern for them. A workshop was held on 10 May 2014. The one day workshop presented an opportunity to introduce the newly appointed members of the Board to their counterparts and Correctional Services staff as well as the opportunity to discuss the operation of the recently created second Board. Also discussed was the Policy and Procedures Manual for members outlining what was being updated and amended. With the recent introduction of paperless meetings and the use of iPads, the workshop allowed members to discuss any difficulties they were having with the new program and also the benefits of moving to paperless meetings. The workshop saw presentations from a number of Correctional Services staff regarding a range of current projects and topics relevant to the Parole Board, including work release for prisoners and the Sentenced to a Job program, treatment and clinical programs available within the prisons, new sentencing initiatives such as administrative home detention and electronic monitoring, changes to the sentence management manual and prisoner security ratings and an update on prisoner work camps.
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