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ANNUAL REPORT 2014 4 PAROLE BOARD OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY | ANNUAL REPORT 2014 PAROLE BOARD OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY | ANNUAL REPORT 2014 5 2014 was once again a busy year for the Parole Board. During the year the Board considered 804 matters. The Boards deliberations were greatly enhanced by use of iPads to access all of the documents that the Board had to consider. In 2014 there were the following important developments. First, the Parole of Prisoners Amendment Act 2013 commenced on 15 January 2014. From that date the membership of the Parole Board doubled in size. This enabled two meetings of the Board to be held each month and means that the Board is better able to manage its work load. The increased membership of the Board has brought together an outstanding group of people with a diversity of life experience skills and expertise. Second, section 3EB(2)(d) was inserted into the Parole Act. At the discretion of the Chairperson of the Board, this subsection enables a medical practitioner or a psychologist who is appointed as a member of the Board to attend and participate in all meetings of the Board; not just meetings of the Board considering applications for parole by prisoners who are serving a sentence of imprisonment for life for the crime of murder. The Board has two highly qualified and very experienced psychologists who have been appointed members of the Board under section 3B(1)(d) of the Parole Act. The Board greatly values their participation in its deliberations and is now able to have the benefit of their expertise in considering a much wider range of complex matters. Third, the Boards Policy and Procedures Manual has now been published and is available on the Boards website. The main purpose of the Manual is to maintain and enhance the quality of the decision making and management of parole matters by the Board. The Manual also makes the Boards decision making processes more transparent and accountable. Fourth, in October 2014 the Board hosted the Australasian Parole Authorities Conference 2014. The theme of the conference was Throughcare and Community. The conference was a great success with delegates coming from all over Australia and New Zealand. Over 100 delegates attended the conference. The Chairperson thanks all of the members of the Board, the Secretary and all of the members of the Secretariat, the Corrections Officers who prepared the Institutional Reports and the Parole Officers who prepared the parole Reports for their excellent work during 2014. * 6 people were revoked from progress/miscellaneous reports therefore this figure doesnt match the revocation information on page 23. YEAR IN REVIEW Chairpersons Message Statistics at a glance Number of matters before the Parole Board 804 Number of distinct prisoners with matters before the Parole Board 406 Number of initial parole applications 259 Number of prisoners granted parole 106 Number of prisoners refused parole 107 Number of prisoners who declined parole 50 Number of parole orders revoked 60*