Intermediate sentencing options and parole

We have been asked by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath to review community based sentencing orders and parole options.

The Terms of Reference are in response to recommendations in the 2016 Queensland Parole System Review Final Report (Sofronoff Report).

In particular, during the 18-month review we will look at recommendations 2–5 of the Sofronoff Report:

  • Recommendation 2: Court ordered parole should be retained.
  • Recommendation 3: A court should have the discretion to set a parole release date or a parole eligibility date for sentences of greater than three years where the offender has served a period of time on remand and the court considers that the appropriate further period in custody before parole should be no more than 12 months from the date of sentence.
  • Recommendation 4: A suitable entity, such as the Sentencing Advisory Council, should undertake a review into sentencing options and in particular, community based orders to advise the government of any necessary changes to sentencing options.
  • Recommendation 5: Court ordered parole should apply to a sentence imposed for a sexual offence.

In addition, we will review current sentencing and parole legislation, including the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and the Corrective Services Act 2006 to see if there are any laws that create inconsistency or constrain sentencing options available to a court.

The review will include consultation with the public as well as key stakeholders such as the legal profession, the judiciary, victim of crime groups, prisoner advocacy and support groups and relevant government agencies inter and intra-state.

A consultation paper and call for submissions will be carried out during 2018.

The final report is due to be delivered to the Attorney-General by 30 April 2019.

Read the Terms of Reference