Tougher parole? Time for more prison scrutiny.

In light of the most recent community parole debate, there is a need to provide the common sense and accurate response.

Here is my letter to the Editor that appeared in the Age and Herald Sun last week.

The tragic events involving parolees should not result in responses that are likely to put us in more danger. Community safety is enhanced when people are released under parole supervision. The majority of prisoners are eventually released and it is in the community’s interest to have them released onto a period of parole rather than no parole/supervision. Do we ever ask, “what did the prison do to lower the risk of an ex-prisoner reoffending?”, especially given the enormous cost of prisons to taxpayers and the recurring rehabilitation failure rate. It is time to hold prisons to a higher level of accountability and transparency regarding prisoner rehabilitation. The Age

To be accurately and responsibly informed of the case in question and parole process, I encourage all to listen to the chairman of the Victorian Adult Parole Board, His Honour Judge Peter Couzens speaking with Neil Mitchell, 3AW. 3AW Mornings with Neil Mitchell

About Claire Seppings

Churchill Fellow 2015 Bachelor of Social Work (Monash University, 1984) Victorian Custody Reference Group ‘Dennis Mc Millin Access to Justice Award’ (2012) Minister for Human Services Award for Exemplary Service to Customers and Stakeholders (2008)
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2 Responses to Tougher parole? Time for more prison scrutiny.

  1. Glenn says:

    A lot more money needs to go into Community Corrections that supervise the parolees. Parole is all about “Reporting” and “Compliance”. In 2017 we should be reintegrating people back into the community with a range of services that assist in “Normalising” things for these people. Try using ex-offenders who have been rehabilitated for many years, making meaningful contributions to the community and have a thorough knowledge of how ex-offenders are received back into the community and identify the pitfalls and the ways to manage it. Many ex-offenders become over-whelmed with the fast pace of society and ‘opt out’ through an inability to cope.

    Broomey
    Melbourne

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