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13.32 The new recall provisions introduced by the LASPO Act mean that more offenders will be subject to a fixed term recall. It is right that victims are told that there is a possibility any recall could be for a fixed term, and once the decision has been made that it is a fixed term recall. This is so that victims are not distressed as the result of an offender being released more quickly than they were expecting. The Offender Manager will PSI 17/2013-PI 07/2013-AI 09/2013 UNCLASSIFIED IS- SUE DATE 11/07/2013
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UNCLASSIFIED PAGE 32 therefore need to liaise very closely with the VLO throughout the recall period, and PPCS must prompt and remind the OM to inform VLO of developments. 13.33 Victims are not normally told the exact date of release so when informing victims of fixed term recalls VLOs will need to consider how they present this information, as it will be easier for victims to work out release dates. If there are any concerns about risk to the offender VLOs should seek advice from their managers. 13.34 As such reviews take place in tight timescales it is even more important that OMs keep in close contact with VLOs and ensure they are aware of the dates for which the submission of representations and the VPS are required. 13.35 VLOs should ensure they understand the situation, the context and parameters within which certain decisions were taken, and if not seek advice from the OM, to help them update victims of developments. VLOs can also seek advice from the contacts given at the front of this PSI. 13.36 A Victim Personal Statement (VPS) may be presented to the Parole Board from a victim in the following circumstances; Where the reason for recall was related to the breach of victim-related conditions; Where the reason for recall was related to the offender demonstrating unacceptable behaviour towards a victim; or Where the offender has been assessed as presenting on ongoing risk to the victim. 13.37 A VPS may be presented to the Parole Board from a victim in the following circumstances: Where the reason for recall was related to the breach of victim-related conditions; Where the reason for recall was related to the offender demonstrating unacceptable behaviour towards a victim; or Where the offender has been assessed as presenting an ongoing risk to the victim. 13.38 If these circumstances are applicable to a particular recall, the VLO should discuss with the victim whether they would like to make a VPS. It may not be appropriate in the PSI 17/2013-PI 07/2013-AI 09/2013 UNCLASSIFIED IS- SUE DATE 11/07/2013
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UNCLASSIFIED PAGE 33 particular circumstances of the case to have this conversation immediately upon noti- fying the victim of recall; however, the VPS should be discussed as soon after this no- tification as possible, due to the 28 day deadline for a Parole Board hearing to take place. The same guidance and parameters apply to this VPS as to the VPS that the victim would make for a release or transfer to open conditions – for further guidance see the Generic Parole Process PSI/PI or Victim Representation at Parole Board Hearings PSI/PI.
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