New rules for pa­role board

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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