Parole hearings 'to treble' after 'fairness' ruling

The Parole Board says it will have to hold about 11,500 more hearings every year for prisoners who want to be released - even though there is no prospect of them being let out. It comes after the Supreme Court said there must be more emphasis in England and Wales on "fairness" to inmates. The Parole Board says October's ruling will treble the number of hearings, raising its costs by at least £10m.The government says it has made provisions for the increased workload.The Parole Board deals with some of the most serious offenders including those serving life and indeterminate sentences.