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How do parole board members in England and Wales construct decisions about whether to release perpetrators of intimate partner violence from prison?

Dyke, C; Schucan Bird, K; Rivas, C; (2020) How do parole board members in England and Wales construct decisions about whether to release perpetrators of intimate partner violence from prison? Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health 10.1002/cbm.2183. (In press).

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Existing research explores Parole Board decision-making, but not specifically for perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV), a special case due to the gendered and secretive nature of IPV and the role of control in predicting reoffending. AIM: To identify associations between case variables in England and Wales Parole Board decisions regarding perpetrators of IPV and explore how these variables help construct the decision. METHODS: Logistic regressions regarding decisions in a sample of all 137 male prisoners who had abused women and applied for release or progression to open conditions in England and Wales from April 2018 to September 2019, developed into latent class analyses. Thematic analyses of six interviews with Parole Board members about decision-making in IPV cases. RESULTS: Release decisions were strongly predicted by the recommendations of offender managers, offender supervisors and psychologists, mediated by the Parole Board's confidence in their ability. Decisions were also significantly associated with custodial behaviour and attendance on courses, mediated by the Board's confidence in the prisoner's insight and honesty. Thematic analysis was both consistent with these findings and provided a context in which the associations could be understood. CONCLUSIONS: The findings have implications for understanding the dynamics between professional decisions and the Parole Board's decision; for the importance of offender managers demonstrating their expertise and ability to manage risk; for Parole Board members' reflection and development; for academic research into IPV; and for those who have experienced IPV and are looking to understand parole decisions about their abuser.

Type: Article
Title: How do parole board members in England and Wales construct decisions about whether to release perpetrators of intimate partner violence from prison?
Location: England
DOI: 10.1002/cbm.2183
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/cbm.2183
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Parole Board decisions, decision-making, heuristics, intimate partner violence, systems thinking
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10116447
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