Baby P's mother, Tracey Connelly, has been released from prison.
In 2009 Connelly, was convicted and sentenced to prison after admitting to causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter in August 2007.
It was a case that horrified the nation, with the young tot suffering over 50 injuries, at the hands of Connelly's partner, Steven Baker and his brother, Jason Owen.
Baby P had 60 visits from social workers in the eight months leading up to his death.
The decision to release Connelly has received backlash, with Justice Secretary Dominic Raab calling Connelly's actions 'pure evil' as he asked the parole board to reconsider her release.
Connolly was cleared for released back in March this year, with Ministry of Justice Parole board explaining: "We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Tracey Connolly following an oral hearing.
"Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.
"Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority."
Soon after Raab pleaded with the House of Commons to reconsider.
He said: "In light of the Parole Board’s direction to release Tracey Connelly, I should inform the House that having carefully read the decision, I have decided to apply to the Parole Board to seek their reconsideration."
Raab went on to say: "More generally, the role of the Parole Board in deciding on the appropriateness of release from prison of criminal offenders, including many convicted of very serious violent and sexual offences, is clearly of paramount importance to protecting the public but also maintaining and sustaining public confidence in our justice system.
"It’s the first duty of government to protect the public."
Tracey Connelly’s cruelty towards her son, baby Peter, was pure evil.— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) May 5, 2022
The decision to release her demonstrates why the parole board needs a fundamental overhaul – including a ministerial check for the most serious offenders – so that it serves and protects the public.
Raab reiterated these comments in a press release from the Ministry of Justice: "Tracey Connelly’s cruelty was pure evil, which is why I strongly opposed her release."
"The decision to let her out demonstrates why the Parole Board needs a fundamental overhaul, including a ministerial block, to protect the public and keep dangerous offenders off our streets."
Meanwhile, shadow Justice Secretary Steve Reed said that news of Connelly's release was 'disturbing' before adding "I fully support the Secretary of State in seeking a review of that."
Despite Raab's comments, Connelly was released today and is subject to 20 licence conditions.
These include wearing an electronic tag and disclosing all of her relationships.
Connelly was previously let out on licence in 2013 but sent back to prison in 2015 for breaching parole conditions.
LADbible has contacted the Ministry of Justice for comment.
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