Source: (2009) Ministry for Justice and Home Affairs. Malta.

The major proposal in this White Paper is the introduction of a system of Parole together with other procedures associated with the concept of Restorative Justice. Parole will enable a sentenced person to request release from custody in order to serve part of his or her sentence in the community, when evident improvement during the term of incarceration would give assurance that such sentenced person would be making concrete and serious efforts towards reform. In this regard, the establishment of a Parole Board as well as an Offender Assessment Board is deemed necessary. These two structures would manage the new processes envisaged to complement the shift towards new methods of Criminal Justice in Malta. The establishment of a Victim Support Unit is likewise a prerequisite for the proper management of victim involvement in the system. (excerpt)


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