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UK Justice Secretary Considers Parole Rethink After Colin Pitchfork Recall

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said the parole system needs a rethink for the most serious of cases after double child killer Colin Pitchfork was released and then recalled. The Deputy Prime Minister suggested on Wednesday he would like to see a more cautious approach, where the balance falls more heavily on public protection rather than freedom. Raab said a “root-and-branch” review of the parole system would consider the change as he insisted there would be a “very rigorous process” surrounding Pitchfork. Pitchfork was jailed for life after raping and strangling two 15-year-olds, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth, in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986. He was released in September but two months later he was back behind bars after probation staff raised concerns about his behaviour. Raab told BBC Breakfast: “One of the problems in cases like this is that there is a presumption that unless it can be demonstrated that …

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