A prisoner who maintains positive custodial behaviour throughout his sentence is far more likely to progress through the prison system than those who do not. As aforementioned, the role of the parole board is to make a risk assessment in respect of the prisoner’s application and they will always consider, amongst many other things, the prisoner’s behaviour.
A prisoner who is able to maintain positive behaviour after undertaking the appropriate behaviour programmes/courses will benefit two-fold when it comes to their hearing; demonstrating compliance with programme/course content and the reason for completing it was more than just to cross it off their sentence plan.
A line of negative entries, IEP warnings or adjudications could cause the panel to draw adverse inferences such as non-compliance with authority or susceptibility to peer pressure, depending on the circumstances surrounding these of course. The panel may also conclude that the individual does not have the ability to internalise the skills learnt from the programmes completed.
We often deal with behavioural incidents, which are refuted by the client and are able to argue these points to the Parole Board. We appreciate that situations do not always occur as the prison allege and will always urge the Board not to favour the official version of events.
Committing of an offence, whilst in prison, will incur one of the following punishments; a caution, retracted privileges, money earned is stopped, prevention from working with other prisoners or a transfer from prison wing or living unit. A prisoner could also receive extra days onto his sentence if an independent adjudicator feels that the offence is serious enough to warrant this punishment. Furthermore, the prisoner could see himself back at court if he commit a crime such as possessing a mobile phone whilst in custody.