The Parole Board of Tasmania has defended its decisions after granting parole to 105 prisoners in 2018-19.
The Board's annual report tabled in State Parliament showed 232 applications were made for parole, with 33 refused, 47 withdrawn and 21 prisoners deciding not to apply.
The 105 granted parole compares to 113 in 2017-18 and 93 in 2016-17.
The Board revoked parole for 44 prisoners in 2018-19.
Of the 26 sex offenders who applied for parole 12 were granted.
Parole board chairman Leigh Mackey said parole was important for rehabilitation and reform.
"This year has seen a number of instances where the decision making of the Board has attracted media and public criticism," Mr Mackey said.
"The Board is not influenced by considerations of the public perception and reception of its decisions but rather has at the forefront of its focus those matters identified in s72 of the Act which I broadly summarise as the risk of reoffending, community safety, rehabilitation potential, motivation and amenability to supervision."
Mr Mackey said while public concern might be "ameliorated" by the Board making public comment, this could breach confidentiality and be detrimental to the parolee.
The Board was under fire for releasing a teenager who killed pregnant mother Sarah Paino in a "catastrophic collision" in Hobart and breached his parole days after his release from prison.
The report showed that nine prisoners were refused parole and 32 prisoners had their cases adjourned due to not having access to suitable housing.
"The lack of availability of suitable housing for inmates on return to the community remains an issue for applicants for parole and I wish to acknowledge the considerable assistance given by community groups suc as Beyond the Wire in their efforts to facilitate accommodation, community access and support for parolees," Mr Mackey said.