Saturday, May 26, 2012


The bureaucracy has finally spewed out a date for my parole hearing - July 23rd. A mere eight weeks to my probable release.

I never thought that I would ever be able to say that.


  1. Enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Good luck to you x

  2. Good luck to you for the hearing - but keep calm and do not do anything to jeopardise your chances. Keep your feet on the ground - there is a possibility you won't be released and that will be hard - but you would have to deal with it. Many of us out here are rooting for you - keep calm and strong. Don't want to sound negative - but it is important to keep realistic.

  3. Congratulations ! Great news, so excited for you and your family.

  4. Best of British, Ben! Hope it all goes as easily and as well as you might wish.

  5. top banana ben, you deserve it. not try to lecture you, but keep your head down!!

  6. Hope all goes well Ben - what happens if (when) they decide on release, do you walk straight away, or is there a delay while they process the paperwork?

  7. I am rtrying to stay off the management radar but crap like the Daily Star is out of my control and gives them the hump! Of all my Lifer mates, I am the only one who has so far avoided making any error leading to a grounding and now that a release date is in sight I can only hope that I can stay clear of such events.

    Unsurprisingly, I am not completely au fait with release procedures.... Once they have sat, the parole board has 2 weeks in which to hand down its decision. Often, at this stage, it is done within days. Assuming they order my release, there is then some bureaucratic dancing over the conditions of my Life Licence, the issuing of travel warrants and sorting the disposition of my property and then out the gate I go. This process can take as little as a couple of days. As ever, I will keep you posted!

    Any ideas as to how the blog should morph after release would be greatly appreciated.

    1. In theory, the SoS MUST secure your release within seven days of the Parole Board notifying him of their decision.

      IN practice, it can be as fast as 24 hours...

      Lets hope that, for once, the process woks speedily for you, and the result comes while on home leave...

  8. Excellent news. Finger and toes crossed and all of the above in spades :)


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