The Parole Board have argued that Colin Pitchfork should be released from prison as it was no longer necessary for the prison to protect the public from Colin Pitchfork.

Although Pitchfork committed a number of serious offences causing endless harm to his victims the Parole Board noted it was their role to undertake risk assessments. It was concluded that Mr Pitchfork had completed many courses and the evidence which was presented before the panel displayed that he had reformed.  The panel deemed it was no longer necessary for Mr Pitchfork to remain confined.

The decision to release Mr Pitchfork had caused controversy from the constituency where the killings had occurred. 

The parole board noted that Mr Pitchfork could be released under several conditions which may include living at a designated address, disclosing any relationships etc.