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FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE PAROLE BOARDS’ AND JUDGES’ DECISIONS ON PAROLE APPLICATION IN LITHUANIA

Ilona Michailovič, Liubovė Jarutienė
Keywords: Parole, social research report, legal factors of parole decision making, extralegal factors of parole decision making ,

Abstract

This article examines problems of parole application in Lithuania. The research applies a qualitative study in order to learn the peculiarities of the work and decision-making of judges and parole boards. Additionally, this study analyzes social research reports, filled out by staff in correctional facilities. This study covers as many factors influencing parole application as possible, and takes into account the peculiarities of the particular parole stages. Conclusions of this study should help theorists and practitioners see parole application from the point of view of judges and parole board members. Moreover, this work should encourage dialogue between judges, prison staff and community members not only in Lithuania, but, also in other countries.