Extra staff to keep Queenslanders safe and rehabilitate offenders

Published: Comments:
Law & Safety Political Queensland Government

Social:   

The Palaszczuk Government will appoint up to 243 additional probation and parole officers over the next four years to toughen and tighten supervision of parolees, improve re-entry services and increase rehabilitation services for offenders.

“The Sofronoff review of our parole system has found it is ‘antiquated and emaciated’. We have accepted 89 of the 91 recommendations of the review and we have accepted the need to dramatically increase the investment in order to keep Queenslanders safe,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“To toughen and tighten supervision of paroles, we will need more staff across the State. We will recruit these frontline officers and give them the resources they need to keep Queenslanders safe.”

The Government will invest an additional $265 million over six years, and will include:

  • expanding rehabilitation, drug and alcohol and mental health treatment services in prison;
  • expanding substance addiction therapy programs across Queensland prisons, starting in North Queensland;
  • expanding re-entry services, targeting female prisoners; and
  • recruiting additional probation and parole officers.

Police and Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan said the reforms were the most comprehensive in the history of probation and parole.

“These reforms will revolutionise the way prisoners are dealt with in prison and when they’re on parole,” he said.

“This is a watershed moment for Corrections in Queensland. What these reforms will ultimately do is increase community safety by increasing the rehabilitation of our prisoners once they have completed their sentence and are returned to the community.”

“For instance, before a prisoner is released on parole or probation, they will undergo intensive one-on-one case management. Prisoners will receive this close supervision while they are in prison and when they are released.

“Not only are we making sweeping changes to the way in which prisoners are dealt with, we’re creating jobs at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever. We will boost the number of probation and parole officers.

“While the Palaszczuk Government’s stance on those doing the wrong thing has not changed – you commit the crime, you do the time – once their time in prison is complete, we want to see these people contributing to society and the communities they live in and not re-offending and impacting on the safety of our State.”


JOINT STATEMENT
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan

 
Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts :
PO Box 15185, City East, Queensland 4002, Queensland Wide
07 3224 4500
Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Expert panel to monitor SEQ land supply and housing demand: Premier 25 July 2017 | The Palaszczuk Government is establishing a South East Queensland Housing Supply Expert Panel with the population in the region expected to exceed 5.3 million over the next 25 years. More information...
Queensland students unlock the code to a bright future 21 July 2017 | A new coding competition for Queensland school students will uncover our emerging digital creators and innovators and drive a new focus on digital learning. More information...
Acting Ministerial arrangements 20 July 2017 | Two Ministers will share responsibilities for Energy, Water Supply, Biofuels, Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports following my decision to stand Mark Bailey aside as a Minister last night. More information...
Mark Bailey 19 July 2017 | I met with Mark Bailey tonight and I have asked him to stand aside as Minister pending the outcome of the State Archivist investigation into his deactivation of his personal email account. More information...
Mayors, Palaszczuk Govt call on Federal Ministers to inspect Debbie damage 18 July 2017 | Mayors of communities devastated by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the Palaszczuk Government have called for Turnbull Government Ministers to visit the affected areas after Canberra refused to fully fund... More information...
Frontline services boosted with additional health appointments 18 July 2017 | The Palaszczuk Government has continued to restore frontline sevices and manage growth with the appointment of 3300 full-time equivalent staff in the first quarter of 2017. More information...
LNP could have added $600 to Qld power bills 18 July 2017 | LNP policies could have added $600 to the average Queensland power bill if they continued in office with their policies after the 2015 State election, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. More information...
Canberra must rethink disaster aid snub, Qld reaffirms $110M commitment 18 July 2017 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her Government had worked with affected local councils to develop a case for $220 million Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements – Category D funding, which was... More information...
Blue Card and Foster Care reviews 14 July 2017 | The independent Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) is finalising reports from its wide-ranging reviews into the operation of Blue Card and foster care systems. More information...
Qld scores in billion dollar defence contract battle 16 July 2017 | Rheinmetall Defence Australia has selected Queensland as its preferred location to build a military vehicle centre of excellence (MILVEHCOE) if it wins the contract to deliver 225 combat reconnaissance vehicles... More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service