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Tough and smart justice reforms delivering safer communities

Publication date: Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A series of tougher and smarter criminal justice reforms has been announced today.

The reforms will deliver justice more quickly to communities and victims, strengthen sentencing options and ensure offenders are rigorously supervised when serving community orders.

More than $200 million will be spent on additional corrections officers and measures to keep the community safe.

The reforms are:

  • Tougher

    • Changes to parole will mean that the State Parole Authority can decide 'no body, no parole'. Radicalisation will be considered in parole decisions.

    • Courts will have stronger sentencing options.

    • Offenders in the community will be under active supervision and tougher conditions designed to prevent reoffending.

  • Smarter

    • Early guilty pleas will help reduce court delays, allow victims to get on with their lives and return police to frontline duties.

  • Safer

    • More offenders in the community will be actively supervised, and Community Corrections Officers will have clear authority to impose sanctions in real time.

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