Is society 'too risk-averse'?
Prisoners are being kept in jail because society is "too risk-averse" to allow them to be released on licence, according to the parole chief. Do you agree?
Sir David Latham told the Guardian that public reaction to cases like that of James Bulger killer Jon Venables would make authorities even more cautious.
The Parole Board chairman added that society had to decide what level of risk it was ready to accept.
What is an acceptable level of risk? Do you agree with Sir David Latham? Does society worry too much about crime? Should we be more tolerant of prisoners released on parole? Do parole proceedings need to change?
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