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Beth’s Law to shake up parole system and DV victims also in the spotlight

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (17.2.17) on some of the recommendations from the parole system review conducted by Walter Sofronoff QC which the Palaszczuk government has committed to introducing.

‘It will be known as Beth’s Law, and if passed, a bill will be the first real shake-up of Queensland’s parole system since the 1930s.

‘The Queensland government on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the parole system, following a review conducted by Walter Sofronoff QC.

‘Among suggestions for GPS trackers and “no body no parole”, Mr Sofronoff also recommended domestic violence victims receive stronger protections.

‘He recommended domestic violence orders should automatically pause while the offender was in prison – so they did not expire while the sentence was served – and victims be notified if an offender was approaching a parole release date or was preparing to apply.

‘The existence of a DVO should also be communicated to the parole board to allow for measures to be in place to protect victims.’

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