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ANNUAL REPORT 2014 16 PAROLE BOARD OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY | ANNUAL REPORT 2014 PAROLE BOARD OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY | ANNUAL REPORT 2014 17 Parole Conditions The standard parole conditions attached to every Northern Territory parole order are: 1) the parolee must be of good behaviour and must not commit another offence during the period of the order; 2) the parolee shall be subject to supervision on parole of a parole officer, appointed in accordance with this parole order, and shall obey all reasonable directions of the parole officer appointed; 3) the parolee shall report to the parole officer, or other person nominated by the parole officer, in the manner and at the places and times directed by the officer and shall be available for interview at such times and places as a parole officer or nominee may from time to time direct; 4) the parolee shall not leave the Northern Territory without the written permission of the supervising parole officer; 5) the parolee shall enter into employment arranged or agreed upon by the parole officer and shall notify the parole officer of any intention to change employment before such change occurs or, if this is impracticable, then within such period after the change as may have been directed by the parole officer; 6) the parolee shall reside at an address arranged or agreed upon by the parole officer and shall notify the parole officer of any intention to change address before such change occurs or, if this is impracticable, then within such period after the change as may have been directed by the parole officer; 7) the parolee shall not associate with any person specified in a direction by the parole officer to the parolee; 8) the parolee shall not frequent or visit any place or district specified in a direction by the parole officer to the parolee. The Board frequently places additional conditions upon the release of an offender. These conditions are tailored to maximise protection to the community, facilitate the prisoners successful reintegration and reduce the risk of re-offending. One of the purposes of placing conditions on parole is to address and manage factors that underlie the prisoners offending behaviour. Additional conditions often include: to not consume or purchase alcohol; breath testing and urinalysis; no contact, directly or indirectly, with a victim or other specified person; to reside at a specified community or outstation; participation in and completion of an assessment/treatment/counselling regime (residential or sessional attendance) e.g. alcohol programs, domestic violence programs, sex offender programs, psychiatric treatment; not consume a dangerous drug or abuse a prescribed substance that is lawfully obtained; not to engage in conduct that might lead to a domestic violence order being made; and accommodation curfew. Release Plans of Prisoners Parole officers take considerable time to talk to prisoners about their release plans, including proposed accommodation as this is a pivotal factor in the success or failure of the prisoners parole. Reintegration into the community is a fragile process. During this time prisoners need the support of Northern Territory and Australian government agencies, family, friends and their community. Access to suitable accommodation is a vital part of re-integration into the community and can assist a prisoner to remain stable and abstain from the use of alcohol or other drugs. Transfer of Parole Orders The Parole Orders (Transfer) Act commenced in 1984 as part of a national scheme under which a parolee can transfer to another jurisdiction and have their parole order registered under the corresponding Act in that jurisdiction. Upon registration of the parole order with the receiving jurisdiction the parolee ceases to have any connection with the originating jurisdiction. The parole order and original sentence are treated as though they were imposed in the receiving jurisdiction. National Guidelines have been introduced to streamline the process of transferring offenders on community based supervision orders between Australian jurisdictions.
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