How the establishment failed victims of 'black cab rapist' John Worboys

As outrage grows over the decision to free serial sex attacker, the finger of blame is pointed at organisations – the police, the courts – which could have kept him in jail

Numerous organisations – the police, the courts, the parole board – have been involved in the case of “black cab rapist” John Worboys, 60, due to be released within days after being jailed indefinitely in April 2009 for serious sexual offences against at least 12 women. As outrage from politicians and the public grows over the decision to free him eight years and nine months into his sentence, we examine the extent to which Warboys’ victims may have been let down, and by whom.

The Parole Board is able to assess the continued risk posed by prisoners based on psychiatrist and prison guard reports at Parole Board hearings that take place around once a year for each offender. Some of the hearings are oral, some of them written.

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