Parole in the news

July 04, 2013 |

The reporting of high profile crimes in Victoria and elsewhere has led to widespread coverage of parole in the Australian media. The parole system has been questioned, and “tougher” measures brought in consistent with the prevailing law-and-order agenda. But do reactive changes resulting from exceptional cases lead to positive law reform, and does the tightening of parole to target high-risk offenders risk a wider impact that undermines the rehabilitation benefits for a broader group of offenders who pose a low risk to community safety?

Here is some recent media coverage that we think makes a positive contribution to an informed debate.