Jon Venable’s request for parole was denied, as the papers detail the reasons for the denial of open prison.


Venables will remain behind bars and will not be transferred to an open prison after his parole application was rejected.

Papers from a parole board hearing revealed the reasons why Jon Venables’ parole was denied.

The killer of James Bulger will not be transferred to an open prison and will remain behind bars.

Venables, 36, was sent back to prison in 2010 and 2017 for possession of offensive childhood images.

Thompson and Venables were in prison for life, but were released in 2001 under license with a new identity.

Venables, along with Robert Thompson, killed two-year-old James Bulger when they were just ten years old after kidnapping him from a shopping mall in Bootle in February 1993.

On Tuesday, documents were released with the reasons for this decision.

He has served a 40-month prison sentence, which last October exceeded half of the prison term.

Earlier this year, the parole board was asked to review his case when he met the conditions, but the board decided that he should not be released.

“Risk factors identified in subsequent reviews include that he thinks a lot about sex, problems maintaining relationships, concerns about his self-confidence and ability to cope with stress.

The papers stated: “Among the risk factors identified at the time of his insult were his sexual interests and attraction to sexual violence, as well as other issues that were considered relevant but changeable.

“Among the characteristics that led to his insult as an adult were a feeling of dissatisfaction and lack of fulfillment in life, the need for excitement, and a tendency to turn to sex or pornography as a means of coping.

“Mr. Venables also had difficulties related to employment.

The report also revealed that Venables did not request release, and although a proposal was considered, the panel rejected it as not “robust enough.

A number of “protective factors” – which might prevent him from committing another offence – were also considered, including “degree of intelligence”, “constructive use of his time” and “motivation for self-reflection”.

During his time in prison, his behavior was “positive,” he had a job behind bars and attended courses to address his “propensity for sexual offenses,” the newspapers said.


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