Funding constraints at heart of parole problems

Prison barsOn August 21 we welcomed the review of the operation of Victoria’s Parole System by the Victorian Government and the recent report by former High Court Justice Ian Callinan.

We have now submitted a more detailed Response to Ian Callinan AC, Review of the Parole System in Victoria.

Our response highlights funding constraints that are at the heart of parole problems in Victoria, with chronic underfunding for parolee supervision, monitoring and support compromising the best efforts of the parole administration system.

We argue that the Inquiry’s narrow terms of reference fail to allow for adequate attention to be given to resourcing issues. We also explain how issues raised by the Inquiry relate to Victoria’s system of detention and supervision of serious sexual offenders (which was also neglected under the Inquiry).

Our response comes amidst growing pressure on police cells and correctional facilities to contain Victoria’s burgeoning inmate population and increased calls to invest in Justice Reinvestment as a policy approach (addressing the cause of crime as a priority).

Please direct enquiries about our submission to our Coordinator, Peter Noble (03) 5444 4364.

 

Photo credit: Still Burning / Foter / CC BY-NC

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