On 26 February 2018, sections relating to improved management of parolees of the Parole Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (NSW) (‘the Act’) were commenced by proclamation. Among other things, the amendments provide for improved guidelines for parole officers by clarifying their authority to impose penalties.
The main amendments to the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 (NSW) by the Act stipulate:
According to a, the changes are a more effective way to manage an offender’s risk to the community:
During Parliamentary debate on the Bill, David Elliott, Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for Veterans Affairs, stated in his second reading speech:
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Parole Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (NSW), associated Bill, explanatory memorandum and second reading speeches, as published on TimeBase LawOne.
[media release] ‘,’ NSW Department of Justice, 26 February 2018.
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