New rules for parole board
Q U E E N S L A N D ’ S p a r o l e board must now take into account assaults on corrections staff and any national security intelligence when deciding whether to release prisoners.
Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan released new ministerial guidelines to the Parole Board Queensland yesterday.
The board’s new president Michael Byrne QC said the revamped guidelines would ensure its decisions were “robust and practical”. Previously, a prisoner’s behaviour in jail was taken into account before being granted parole but not necessarily their actions towards staff.
The new single parole board was consolidated from the three previous boards after recommendations in the Sofronoff review of Queensland’s parole system. That review was sparked by the stabbing murder of 81- year- old Wulguru woman Elizabeth Kippen, allegedly by a man released on parole just seven hours earlier.