Long-serving prisoner Arthur Taylor granted parole

Arthur Taylor, one of the country's longest-serving prisoners, has been granted parole.

The 62-year-old appeared before the Parole Board on Thursday afternoon.

He will be released from Auckland's Paremoremo Prison in mid-February. A full written decision outlining the Board's reason for granting Taylor parole will be made available in the next two weeks.

The jailhouse lawyer has spent the last four decades in and out of prison, and is currently 15 years through a sentence of more than 17 years. 

Taylor has more than 150 convictions for a range of crimes, including burglary, fraud, kidnapping, firearms and drugs offences, aggravated robbery and escaping from custody.

He began representing himself in court in the 1980s despite having no law degree, and was even allocated his own 'office' for a time.

He claims to have escaped prison 12 times, and also claims to have smuggled his own sperm out of prison to impregnate his wife.