The Cayman Islands has drafted a new Conditional Release law which is due to be enacted in February 2016. The new law will hand over responsibility for decisions regarding the conditional release on licence of prisoners to a new independent Conditional Release Board. Members of the new Board have been recruited and I was invited with a colleague to provide training to the Board.
In order to prepare the training I needed to analyse the proposed legislation and the Cayman Islands’ Bill of Rights and to adapt the content of the training to meet the needs of the delegates and the requirements of the commissioners of the training.
The content of the training included:
essential human rights, due process and common law fairness
how to prepare for and conduct a structured hearing
appropriate questioning techniques including for people with learning or communication difficulties
risk assessment and desistance
setting license conditions.
writing decision letters
The format of the training was highly interactive including role-play exercises. I played the part of a prisoner and was recommended for a career in amateur dramatics…
I also provided advice to senior civil servants in relation to potential legal and administrative pitfalls. The training was observed by representatives from the Office of the Governor of the Cayman Islands, the Prison Service and Department of Rehabilitation. The training was extremely well-received.
"I thought the CRB training held in January was excellent. [They] are highly knowledgable about the subject and I really appreciated that they were coming from different sides of the process. Their style and approach compliment eachother and they work as a very natural team. It was a busy two days, there was lots of material to cover yet it was very well planned and they managed to keep us all on track. It was a very enjoyable mix of presentation and participation. Really enjoyed it and would thoroughly recommend it to any Committees / Boards embarking on the parole process."
Member of the Cayman Islands Conditional Release Board.