The Victorian Adult Parole Board has hit back at claims it failed to make community safety paramount in its decision to release criminals on parole.
The review of the state's parole system found the board put the interest of criminals and prisoners above community safety.
In a statement, the Adult Parole Board refutes the finding, saying board members did make community safety paramount in its deliberations.
"We cannot, however, predict human behaviour and no system can completely eliminate risk," the board said.
The board has admitted it failed to acknowledge the escalating risk posed by Adrian Bayley, who was on parole when he murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher.
It is believed to be the first time the board has detailed its dealings with Bayley.
The statement says the board considered his case on seven occasions before he was released and Corrections Victoria also recommended that Bayley should be granted parole.
"The board was not asked or advised to cancel Mr Bayley's parole but acknowledges now that it should have done so," the statement said.
"The board expressed its condolences and expressed its regret and apologised to Mr (Tom) Meagher for its decision.
"The board acknowledged it had made the wrong decision but the decision was made in good faith."
The statement denies Mr Callinan's assertion that Bayley's parole file was in a chaotic state and says the board members are dedicated and decent people.
"All but two (work) on a part-time basis dealing with a workload which Mr Callinan has correctly identified as intolerably heavy and burdensome," the board said.