Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Topics: 
Parole Board
Release Date:
Friday, 9 October 2015 - 5:00pm

The Parole Board of the Virgin Islands has pledged to ensure the public’s safety when deciding cases, by making informed decisions.

Chairman for the Board Mr. Denniston Fraser said that the Parole Board strongly believes in the parole process and is committed to the ethical, unbiased and professional performance of its duties and will continually weigh the risks while striving for excellence, justice and consistent fairness.

Mr. Fraser stated that above anything else, the impact of public safety is considered before reaching a decision relating to the parole of a prisoner. He said the Board will consider any and all reports connected to the case including reports from the prison, police, the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Office, parole officer’s report, and/or any medical information from the BVI Health Services Authority.

Mr. Fraser added, “While weighing all of this information and before rendering a decision, the Board will also consider the need to maintain public confidence in the administration of justice, the nature of the circumstances related to the crime committed, the prisoner’s criminal record, the prisoner’s ability to adjust to society and possible effects on the victim or family of the victim if parole is granted.”

Persons are encouraged to pay attention to the information campaign launched by the Ministry of Health and Social Development to learn more about the Parole Board, its functions and processes. Topics such as the mission of the Parole Board, how to apply for parole, considerations of the Board when reviewing parole applications and responsibilities of the parolee will be addressed.

The Parole Board is committed to the improvement of the quality of the criminal justice system on behalf of the citizens of the Virgin Islands and seeks to achieve this through a deep concern for public safety, consideration of the victims of the crime and the rehabilitation of offenders.       

Author

Natasha Lettsome

Marketing and Communications Manager
BVI Health Services Authority
Telephone: 852-7655
Email:  nlettsome@bvihsa.vg