The Parole Board of South Australia
The Parole Board is an independent statutory body constituted under the provisions
of the Correctional Services Act (SA). It consists of six members appointed by
Governor. Certain positions on the Board are defined by statute. The Presiding
Member is required to be either, a judge of the Supreme Court or District Court or a
person who has extensive knowledge and experience in the science of criminology,
penology or any related science. One member must be a qualified medical
practitioner who has extensive knowledge and experience in psychiatry. One
member must a qualified social worker or sociologist and one member must be a
person of Aboriginal descent.
Considers applications for release on parole from prisoners serving sentences of
five years or more and determines whether or not to grant release.
Makes orders for the release of all prisoners serving a term of 12 months or
more, but less than 5 years.
Makes recommendations to the Governor for the release of those prisoners
sentenced to life imprisonment.
Considers and sets the terms and conditions for the release of all prisoners who
have a non-parole period fixed by the court. (i.e. those serving a sentence of 12
months or more)
Reviews the progress and performance of parolees.
Determines the appropriate penalty when a breach of parole is proved.
Amends the terms and conditions of existing parole orders, where appropriate.
Annually reviews the circumstances of all prisoners sentenced to a term of life
imprisonment and those serving indeterminate sentences.
Makes recommendations to the Prisoner Assessment Committee in relation to
proposed pre-release case management plans for long term prisoners.
Victims of crime
Written submissions from the Victims of Crime are considered when setting
conditions for the release of an offender. Victims may request that the Board set
particular conditions in relation to where an offender resides, or places the offender
should not attend, i.e. towns, shopping centres, educational facilities etc.
Breaches of parole
Parolees who breach their parole conditions are either summonsed to appear before
the Board in relation to breaches of parole conditions, or they are escorted from
prison where they find themselves as a result of the issue of a warrant of
apprehension by the Board. The penalties for a breach of parole conditions include,
the cancellation of parole, imprisonment for a specified period, a community service
order, or a reprimand and warning.