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Ministers can block the release of violent criminals from prison, Dominic Raab announced

MINISTERS will be able to block the release of violent criminals from prison, Dominic Raab will announce today.

The landmark reform comes after a public outcry over the decision to release Black Cab’s rapist John Worboys and double child killer Colin Pitchfork.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab is to announce today that ministers can block the release of violent criminals from prison

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Justice Secretary Dominic Raab is to announce today that ministers can block the release of violent criminals from prisonCredit: PA
The landmark reform comes after public outcry over the decision to release Black Cab rapist John Worboys

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The landmark reform comes after public outcry over the decision to release Black Cab rapist John WorboysCredit: PA

It means the Deputy Prime Minister could prevent the release of up to 600 rapists, murderers, terrorists and child torturers each year.

Mr Raab MP said: “As Justice Secretary I have a responsibility to protect the public, but in order to do that I need to be able to exercise authority when it comes to releasing dangerous criminals.

“I’m not satisfied that our current approach is as robust as it needs to be, so I’m making changes to restore public confidence in the system.”

The radical restructuring will strengthen security to get dangerous convicts back on the streets and strengthen victims’ rights.

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It will include a new legal obligation for the parole board to take a “precautionary approach” and only release prisoners when it is safe for them to walk free.

The current test is whether the Parole Board is satisfied that incarceration of an offender is no longer necessary to protect the public.

The Chambers must also refer their decisions to the Minister of Justice if they are not sure that the prisoner can leave prison safely.

Currently, ministers can only appeal if the rules have not been properly followed.

While victims are allowed to attend parole board hearings and ask questions to ensure their voices are heard.

It comes after Boris Johnson’s Mrs. Carrie, worked tirelessly for reform.

Mr Raab believes the changes will help restore confidence in a system that has been plagued by a series of scandals.

After botched decisions about Worboys and Pitchfork, there were growing calls for an overhaul of the parole system.

Worboys – who police say raped or sexually assaulted over 100 women while roaming the streets in his black cab – was released in January 2018.

The shock decision sparked anger and the parole board turned around and held him behind bars.

But scandal struck again in September 2021 when Pitchfork was released from prison.

He had been jailed for raping and strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986 respectively.

Just two months after his release, he was recalled to prison after being caught approaching young women.

Just two months after Pitchfork was released, he was called back to prison after being caught approaching young women

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Just two months after Pitchfork was released, he was called back to prison after being caught approaching young womenPhoto credit: Rex

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