Baby P's mother to be released from prison

 By: Owen Bennett

October 9, 2013 Tracey Connelly was jailed indefinitely with a minimum of five years in May 2009 for causing or allowing her son Peter's death.

The Parole Board has recommended her release from prison following a second review of her case.

Connelly will not given a new identity, but will be given training on how to prevent people finding out who she is.

A statement from the Parole Board said: "We can confirm that a three-member panel of the board has directed the release of Tracey Connelly.

"Tracey Connelly first became eligible for parole in August 2012, and at that time a Parole Board panel made no recommendation to release.

"This is the second parole review for Tracey Connelly. The decision to release is a matter for the board, which is independent - arrangements and the date of the release are a matter for the Secretary of State."

Baby P died on August 3 2007 with more than 50 injuries, despite being on the at-risk register and receiving 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals over eight months.

Connelly admitted the offence soon after being charged and served several hundred days on remand.

She is understood to be currently detained at Low Newton jail near Durham. Connelly has been disowned by her own mother, Mary O'Connor who said: "She should never come out. But even if she does I won't be seeing her again, she's out of my life."

Connelly was given a so-called imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentence, which carries a minimum term.

An IPP sentence prisoner is eligible to be considered for release by the Parole Board when the minimum term is served.

When making its decision, the Parole Board will take into account the nature of the offence, the prisoner's offending history, the prisoner's progress in prison and any statements made on behalf of the victim.

Reports from psychologists, probation officers and prison officers are also taken into account.

Connelly will remain on licence for the rest of her life and if she breaches any of the conditions, she will likely be recalled to custody.

"She will be subject to intense supervision and monitoring once she is freed and that will go on for years to come," criminal justice expert Harry Fletcher told the Mirror.

"There is a danger that she is at risk from vigilantes, so steps will be taken to prevent that. She will receive advice and coaching on not giving away her identity, and that could take several weeks.

"Steps will be taken to keep her safe including moving her to a new area, a change of appearance and name."

Her son died at his home in Tottenham, north London, a day after police told Connelly she would not be prosecuted over abuse of the 17-month-old.

Connelly was jailed with her boyfriend Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen, who were convicted at trial of the same offence.

Barker was jailed for life with a minimum of 10 years for raping a two-year-old girl and given a 12-year term to run concurrently for his "major role" in Peter's death.

Owen was jailed indefinitely with a minimum three-year term but later won an appeal to lower it to a fixed six-year term.

He was freed in August 2011 but was then recalled to prison again in April this year.

There was a huge public outcry after Baby P's death and its subsequent investigation.

The then-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls, dismissed Sharon Shoesmith from her post of Head of Children's Services at Haringey Council in 2008

Ms Shoesmith later successfully sued for unfair dismissal.

Original article: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/435290/Baby-P-s-mother-to-be-released-from- prison

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