Connelly, 40, was jailed for the youngster’s death after pleading guilty to causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable person in 2008. She was initially released in 2013, but was released two years later. jailed again after violating the terms of her indefinite sentence by selling the photos.
The probation service explained her decision to approve Connelly for release, saying her first time in open prison would have “limited benefit.” “The panel heard that Ms Connelly was now considered to be at low risk of committing another offence,” said a summary of the board’s decision.
If she is released, she must meet more than 20 licensing requirements, including living at a designated address, wearing an electronic tag, and making all relationships public. The board said the conditions would be “robust enough to lead Ms Connelly into the community”.
Under Mr Raab’s changes, the boards of directors will have to dismiss or refer to him any parole case that fails the new stricter test, where the sole priority is whether an inmate can be released safely. He also gains new powers to block the release of up to 100 “highest risk” criminals.
The Attorney General was “shocked” to find that only five percent of the Parole Board’s 300 members had a law enforcement background. The law will be amended to increase the police force’s share and require that at least one of the three panelists considering high-risk cases be former officers.
“Their first-hand experience in dealing with serious offenders and the risk they pose will place a greater emphasis on protecting the public during interrogations,” the Justice Department said.
Parole boards will be required to consider victim submissions when making release decisions. Victims will have the opportunity to attend hearings as observers and ask questions, and have the right, along with the media and inmates, to request that their case be heard in public.
There will also be stricter rules on the transfer of murderers, rapists, sex offenders and child abusers to open prisons, with “direct ministerial oversight” of the trial.