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Conditional Release (Parole) in Slovenia Problems and Possible Solutions

NCJ Number
Prison Journal Volume: 91 Issue: 4 Dated: December 2011 Pages: 467-488
Matjaž Ambrož; Katja Šugman Stubbs
Date Published
December 2011
22 pages
This article examines the problems and solutions of parole in Slovenia.
In Slovenia (as well as throughout Europe), conditional release (parole) is becoming an increasingly important means of obtaining early release from prison. The authors consider the Slovenian legal regime for conditional release from the perspective of European prison law and policy. They argue that the Slovenian parole system, which has remained practically unchanged since the 1950s, needs certain improvements, especially regarding procedural safeguards in the decisionmaking process. Deciding whether to grant parole remains, for the time being, an administrative procedure without real possibilities for the prisoner to appeal when parole is refused. As there is hardly any decision of greater importance to imprisoned persons than that which determines the date of their release, the authors argue that the safeguards to the procedure by which prisoners "get out" should in principle be taken as seriously as those which govern the manner in which they "get in." Good practices derived from comparative law are also discussed and taken into consideration in the authors' proposals for possible improvements to the Slovenian parole system de lege ferenda. (Published Abstract)