On 18 October 2017 the NSW Parliament passed new legislation as part of its transformational reforms to the NSW criminal justice system. Dubbed ‘Safety First Reforms’, these changes fundamentally shift the landscape in the criminal justice system.
What does this mean for those facing criminal charges?
- New sentencing options will allow for more offenders to be prosecuted, and for reoffending rates to be reduced
- There will be stricter parole decision making for high-risk sex and violent offenders
- The laws will encourage offenders to enter earlier guilty pleas
- Offenders guilty of murder or manslaughter can be refused parole if they don’t disclose the location of their victim’s remains
- More offenders will be brought under the supervision of Community Corrections Officers
$200 million is being invested in the reforms by the NSW Government, including funding to recruit additional Community Corrections Officers to boost capacity to supervise offenders and reduce reoffending.
For more information, visit: http://www.justice.nsw.gov.au/Pages/Reforms/reform.aspx