The Dom-Post this morning reports on a case where the Parole Board has however got its decision 100% right, in our humble opinion - read on:
The man who kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered Lower Hutt schoolgirl Karla Cardno will remain in jail for at least three more years.
Paul Joseph Dally has already served 20 years of a life sentence but the Parole Board considers him too dangerous to be freed.
In its latest decision, issued yesterday, the board took the extra step of making a three-year postponement order, meaning Dally will not be eligible for parole again until 2013 except in exceptional circumstances. He had not even begun to rehabilitate, the board said.
Dally kidnapped 13-year-old Karla in May 1989 as she cycled to her Lower Hutt home. He then raped and tortured her in his nearby home, watching from the window as her frantic family searched outside.
Later he drove to the Pencarrow Coast, near Eastbourne, where he smashed her skull with a piece of driftwood and buried her face-down, naked and still alive, with her hands bound. Her body was found several weeks later.
The decision quoted a "chilling" psychological assessment given to the board, saying Dally showed "a high degree of relationship to serious and violent recidivism".
Dally's dismissal of his offence as "ancient history" was "extremely problematic", the assessor said.
"In the final analysis I am not entirely confident that the underlying motives for Mr Dally's offending have been laid bare."
Dalley is one of those prisoners who, in our opinion, should never be released. His was a horrific crime, and it would seem from the information available to the Parole Baord that he would quickly reoffend.
And although we would never advocate vigilante justice, we can't help wondering if Dally will ever cross paths with Karla Cardno's father, Garry Duffin, whilst each serves his sentence.