This new edition captures developments since the first edition was published in 2016, including case law updated statistics from the Parole Board and Department of Corrections, and information about programmes offered. The book remains organised by topic and follows the parole process in a logical format, starting with a short history of parole and an overview of the Parole Act 2002. The next chapters discuss the structure and functions of the Parole Board and offer a detailed commentary on the parole system in New Zealand, followed by chapters on eligibility, consideration and criteria for release on parole; information for parole hearings; the parole hearing; assessing risk; progression from prison inmate to parolee; and conditions of release.

Later chapters consider the role of victims in the parole process, the prison network, programmes in prisons, reviews and appeals, recall to prison, extended supervision orders, and parole and the media. There is a valuable chapter on the interface between mental health/intellectual disability and the parole process. The final chapter is new and examines the rationale for parole in New Zealand.

The book concludes with several appendices, including the full text of the Parole Act 2002 and general resource material on parole.

Written by District Court Judge and Parole Board member David Mather