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​New laws protect community from high risk offe​nders​

Issued: Wednesday, 4 May 2016​

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Laws to keep high risk offenders in jail will be strengthened to ensure they can apply to more of NSW’s most dangerous and violent offenders, Attorney General Gabrielle Upton announced today.

“The amendments to the Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act 2006 introduced to Parliament today address limitations in this law which could have prevented some dangerous prisoners from being considered for further detention or supervision,” Ms Upton said.

“In NSW, a small group of high-risk violent offenders are kept in prison or under supervision after their sentence ends to protect the community.

“The NSW Government is clarifying the types of violent offenders which can be considered for Continuing Detention Orders (CDOs) or Extended Supervision Orders (ESOs).

“The changes clarify that CDOs and ESOs can apply to prisoners who

  • committed murder in the course of committing another serious crime;
  • manslaughter by an unlawful or dangerous act; and
  • wounding with intent to cause death or grievous bodily harm.

“These changes to the law will help keep our community safe and reduce reoffending by encouraging prisoners to rehabilitate as part of their sentence.”

In order to impose a CDO or ESO, the Supreme Court must still be satisfied the offender poses an unacceptable risk of committing a serious violence offence if released from prison without supervision at the end of their sentence.​