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This book is a study of the workings of the Discretionary Lifer Panels of the Parole Board, the body charged with the responsibility for making decisions on the release of discretionary life sentence prisoners.
It traces the origins and development of the Discretionary Lifer Panels following the landmark ""Weeks and Thynne"" decisions of the European Court of Human Rights which led to the establishment of DLPs, and examines the way in which the DLPs developed subsequently - often rather differently to what was originally envisaged as necessary to comply with the decision of the ECHR.
This book provides a fascinating case study of a little known part of the criminal justice system, and explores at the same time the wider issues that have arisen:-