The risk assessment process is heavily based on prisoners accepting their guilt for the offence. Those that maintain their innocence are often said to be in “denial” and face difficulty in progressing through the system.
Often it is said that denial is a risk factor which increases risk and those who maintain their innocence have made no progress because they have not completed risk reduction courses. Psychological research evidence shows that “denial” does not increase risk. Those whom maintain their innocence need a lawyer to properly argue the case. Our team have seem witnesses at parole hearings wrongly argue that because someone maintains their innocence they cannot be safely released.