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Dangerous criminals released ‘without proper risk assessments’
VICIOUS criminals like Poole rapist Dean Goodwin are being let out of prison without proper risk assessments, a damning report has found.
Probation inspectors have revealed a catalogue of errors in jails across the country and claim there is confusion about who is responsible for decisions on release.
Burly convicted sex offender Goodwin went on to commit a series of shocking attacks in Poole and in Andover in Hampshire last year after being released from a 12-year sentence..
Goodwin, of Blackburn Road, brutally raped a woman in her Poole home, then travelled to Andover where his horrific crimes included attempted murder, rape, false imprisonment and robbery.
A manhunt was launched and he was arrested by armed police in Poole. At Bournemouth Crown Court he pleaded guilty to all charges and was given nine life sentences with a minimum term of 15 years.
After sentence the father of one of his victims said: “These people are no good to society whatsoever – they should be locked up for the rest of their lives.”
In response to the latest report he added: “There should be better risk assessments before release but I understand it is difficult. Criminals like this can be manipulative, cunning and devious.”
The report from HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons said prison governors do not receive enough information about inmates, a problem which sometimes extends to the Parole Board.
It said many were relying on prisoners’ own accounts of their offences and said more needs to be done to ensure the safety of the public when prisoners are released into the community.
Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said: “The public would expect assurance that those processes are properly managed, the risk assessments are done properly and proper attention is given to that.”
Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said: “It is essential we get it right to protect the public. This government is introducing significant reforms to offender management and we are also reviewing the way we carry out releases on temporary licence to see what changes are necessary.”
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