The Catch-22 in Israel’s Parole Law

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This article reviews the general legal framework governing risk assessment of prisoners in the Israeli parole processIt 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 crimesSuch prisoners, especially sex offenders, tend to be precluded from participation in treatment courses, thus substantially reducing their prospects of obtaining parole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1422-1436
Number of pages15
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number12
StatePublished - 26 Dec 2014

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© 2014 International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology.


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Psychology
  • Law


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