Charles Bronson requests first public parole hearingon July 21, 2022 at 5:37 pm

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The Parole Board says it will consider a request for Bronson’s hearing to be held in public.

Charles BronsonImage source, PA

Notorious prisoner Charles Bronson has become the first person to formally ask for a public Parole Board hearing after rules were changed.

Reforms which came into force on Thursday mean hearings could take place in public for the first time.

Bronson, 70, is currently serving a life term at HMP Woodhill in Buckinghamshire.

The Parole Board confirmed a request had been received and would be considered.

It is understood the application was made on his behalf.

Bronson, one of the UK’s longest serving prisoners, was widely expected to request his latest parole hearing was heard in public, having previously said he wanted his to be the first to take place.

A date has not yet been set for his next parole review, although it is thought this may take place later this year or early in 2023.

It is not known how long it will take for the Parole Board to decide whether the hearing can be held in public.

Bronson, who has since changed his name to Salvador, was originally convicted of armed robbery. But in 1999 he took a prison education worker hostage and was sentenced to life.

Under the reforms, the prisoners in question, government ministers and officials are among some who can request the case is not discussed behind closed doors.

In deciding whether to grant a public hearing, the board’s chairman could consider factors including the wishes of victims and their families as well as any “undue emotional stress” this could have on prisoners.

A Parole Board spokeswoman said: “The new Parole Board rules make it possible for parole hearings to be held in public for the first time in some cases where it is in the interest of justice to do so.

“It is important to state that the normal position will be for parole hearings to remain in private to ensure that witnesses are able to give their best evidence and that victims are not put in a position that could lead to re-traumatisation.”

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