Thursday, July 27, 2006

Out of Touch Parole Authority

Parole Authority
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Legislation in NSW shows the Iemma Government can and should intervene when the Parole Authority has made poor decisions to prematurely release dangerous criminals like Maddison Hall, says the Opposition.

"Hall is eligible for release as early as next week despite completing just 16 years of a 22 year prison term for a "cold blooded" execution in southern NSW in 1987," says Shadow Justice Minister Andrew Humpherson.

"The Minister has suggested he is powerless to overturn decisions of the NSW Parole Authority," said Mr Humpherson.

"However the legislation clearly states the Governor, on the advice of the State Government, has the right to remove any or all of the appointed Parole Authority members*.
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