Early Inmate Release

Some New South Wales prisoners could be released under new emergency powers announced on Tuesday by the attorney general, Mark Speakman.

The powers will give the corrections minister authority to release or parole inmates who are nearing the end of their sentences, or on remand awaiting court, or considered on case-by-case basis.

Corrections NSW will not have the power to release inmates sentenced for serious crimes like murder, terrorism or sexual offences, and in all cases must “consider the risks to community safety, the protection of domestic violence victims, and the impact on any victim before releasing an inmate.”

“This bill will help to empower the relevant experts and public bodies to make tough and swift decisions in the best interests of the community.” more

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