Wednesday, 10 May 2017
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has welcomed tough and smart reforms to the NSW criminal justice system, revealed yesterday.
“The NSW Government is investing more than $200 million in reforms to deliver swift and more certain justice, strengthen sentencing and parole and hold offenders accountable,” Mr Marshall said.
“These reforms will make the communities across our region safer.”
Under the reforms:
- sentencing discounts will be tightly prescribed to encourage offenders to make earlier guilty pleas. This will reduce stress for victims and help them move on with their lives, reduce court delays and help get our local police officers back on our streets protecting the community sooner;
- suspended sentences, no more than a slap on the wrist, will be abolished and replaced with increased supervision to hold offenders accountable for their crimes and address the root causes of their offending;
- all parole decisions will apply a new community safety test, and Community Corrections Officers will have more tools to manage parole breaches with swift and escalating penalties; and
- the most dangerous sex and violent offenders will be more easily targeted for ongoing detention and supervision after their sentences end with improvements to the management of high risk offenders.
Mr Marshall said the State Parole Authority would be able to decide ‘no body, no parole’ to motivate killers to disclose the location of a victim’s remains, and offenders’ radicalisation and terrorist links must be considered during parole hearings regardless of whether they have been convicted of terrorism offences.
“These reforms are a major win for the region with more tools for our police, courts and community corrections offices to keep our community safe,” Mr Marshall said
These reforms continue the NSW Government’s strong record of criminal justice reform, which includes tough new sentences for child sex offenders, a crack down on ice manufacturers and dealers and rolling out the NSW Police Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Teams.
Key stakeholders, including victims groups, law enforcement agencies and the legal profession, will be consulted on the draft legislation to implement these reforms. For more information visit www.justice.nsw.gov.au/reform