The parole board papers for Jon Venables revealed why he was denied liberty at a September hearing.
Documents released today and released by the PA News Agency reveal that James Bulger’s killer used sex and pornography “as a means of coping.”
He felt a “lack of fulfillment in life” and a “need for excitement,” the report said, before adding, “Risk factors identified at the time of his crime included his sexual interests and an attraction to sexual ones Violence as well as other issues that are considered relevant but can be changed.
“Risk factors identified in subsequent reviews include a lot of thinking about sex, problems maintaining relationships, concerns about self-esteem and one’s ability to deal with stress.
“Mr. Venables also had difficulties with employment.
“Some of the traits that led to his offense as an adult included a sense of dissatisfaction and lack of fulfillment in life, a need for excitement, and a tendency to turn to sex or pornography as a means of coping.”
The report also revealed that Venables did not request a release, and although a proposal was considered, the panel rejected it as not “robust enough”.
During his time in prison, his behavior had been “positive”, he had a job behind bars, and he was taking classes to address his “sexual offenses,” the newspapers said.
A number of “protective factors” – which might prevent him from insulting again – were also taken into account, including “intelligence level”, “constructive use of his time” and “motivation for self-reflection”.
The summary of the decision states: “After examining the circumstances of his infringement, the progress made in custody and under license, as well as the other evidence presented in the dossier, the panel was not convinced that Mr Venables was fit for re-conviction on publication.
“The panel also did not recommend that the Foreign Minister transfer Mr. Venables to an open prison.
“Given that key areas of risk continued to be subject to intervention, the panel believed that Mr. Venables was appropriately detained where outstanding levels of risk could be addressed.”
Since the decision was made on paper without a hearing, prisoners have 28 days to apply for one. As a result, details of how the decision will be made will not be released for a month.
Venables can be re-examined for parole in two years.