Commenting on the publication of the Root and Branch Review of the Parole System by the Ministry of Justice today, Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust said:

“No-one doubts the public concern that coverage of high-profile cases creates. But the job of Lord Chancellor should be to serve the interests of justice. The Parole Board is already a deeply cautious body, with an exceptional record of success. The report ignores the evidence, and as a result creates a web of confusion which will serve the interests neither of victims nor the people who have served the punishment their offending deserved.”