Breaking News: Prisoners in Sydney and across New South Wales will be released if Covid-19 escalates.
The NSW government is preparing for the early release of some the 13,000 prisoners in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Today the Sydney Morning Herald said new measures will allow the NSW Corrective Services Commissioner to make orders permitting prisoners to be released early on parole.
In Italy and Iran, we’ve seen reports of rioting and mass prison breaks as Covid-19 gets into the prison system.
Some prisoners will not be eligible for early release, including those who are serving sentences for murder, a serious sex offence, a terrorism offence or any other offence for which they are serving a life sentence.
Early parole granted under these provisions may also be revoked, and before making such an order the Commissioner is required to take into account a range of factors including the risks to community safety and whether the inmate has previously been convicted of a domestic violence offence.
The Corrective Services Commissioner is also empowered to “prohibit or otherwise restrict any person, or any class of persons, from entering or visiting, or visiting a particular person within, correctional premises” if satisfied “it is reasonably necessary to protect the health of an
inmate, any other person or the public from the public health risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic”.
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