The Catch-22 in Israel's Parole Law

Criminal Justice and Behavior, Volume 41, pp 1422-1436 (2014).

28 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2014 Last revised: 28 Sep 2017

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Doron Menashe

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law

Rabeea Assy

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law; University of Oxford

Date Written: November 17, 2014

Abstract

This article reviews the general legal framework governing risk assessment of prisoners in the Israeli parole process. It highlights the excessive power the Israeli courts have accorded to the professional body responsible for providing risk assessments, which severely limits the parole board’s discretion to order conditional release when prisoners persist in denying their crimes. Such prisoners, especially sex offenders, tend to be precluded from participation in treatment courses, thus substantially reducing their prospects of obtaining parole.

Keywords: parole, conditional release, sex offenders, crime denial, risk assessment, feminism, fair trial, legal fairness, Israeli law

Suggested Citation

Menashe, Doron and Assy, Rabeea, The Catch-22 in Israel's Parole Law (November 17, 2014). Criminal Justice and Behavior, Volume 41, pp 1422-1436 (2014).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2526155

Doron Menashe (Contact Author)

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

Rabeea Assy

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

University of Oxford ( email )

St Cross Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3UL
United Kingdom

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