An organisation that plays an important role in the smooth running of the island’s criminal justice system is looking to appoint four new members.
The Parole Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Minister for Home Affairs regarding the release and recall of prisoners.
When prisoners are released on licence, the committee may also make recommendations regarding the conditions applied to such licences; the variation or cancellation of these conditions; and any other matter which is connected with the release or recall of prisoners.
While no formal qualifications are required, prospective new members should have good ‘life experience’, a keen interest in the role and the time and energy to devote to monthly meetings.
An open mind, tact, diplomacy, and professionalism are essential attributes, as are a strong sense of justice, confidentiality and discretion.
An allowance is paid for attending monthly meetings and travel expenses are also available.
Juan Watterson MHK, Minister for Home Affairs, said: ‘Liberty is a valued possession, and the state has many safeguards before it is taken away.
‘The Parole Committee provide the final gateway between prison and freedom.
‘It is their responsibility to judge whether individuals should be released back into the community and on what terms. It is a role that requires common sense, judgement and a commitment to the values we hold dear in the Manx community.’
People interested can get a pack by:
· Collecting it in person from the Department of Home Affairs, Homefield, 88 Woodbourne Road, Douglas, IM2 3AP;
· Downloading it from the Department of Home Affairs website here
· Requesting a copy be sent to you by contacting Sharon Baldwin either by e-mail (Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone on 694318.
Applications should be submitted to the Department by no later than 5pm on Friday, August 22.