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Parole Board annual report

Details:

Title

Parole Board annual report

Collection

Parole Board Annual Report; Reports; PublicationNT

Date

2012

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Northern Territory. Parole Board -- Periodicals; Parole -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Parole Board of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/258611

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/502284

Page content

6 PAROLE BOARD OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY | ANNUAL REPORT 2012 Chairpersons Message I would like to thank all of the members of the Board and the secretariat for their good work during 2012. The work of the Parole Board of the Northern Territory has continued to grow. During 2012 the Parole Board considered 301 applications for parole and 112 revocation reports. 135 prisoners were released on parole and 64 parolees had their parole revoked. 84 per cent of parolees who were re-imprisoned had their parole revoked for breaches of the conditions of their parole. Imprisonment rates in the Northern Territory continue to be very high. Both the Darwin Correctional Centre and the Alice Springs Correctional Centre have been full beyond their capacity during 2012 and this has increased the work load of the Parole Board. However, there have been a number of initiatives undertaken by Corrections such as the establishment of work camps which have assisted in preparing prisoners for parole. During 2012 the secretariat continued to work on a number of important initiatives including moving from paper files to having files and materials accessed by iPad and developing an instruction manual for members of the Parole Board. Arrangements with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) continued to be consolidated during 2012. NAAJA and CAALAS provide considerable assistance to prisoners who are seeking parole. They both have employees who educate Aboriginal prisoners about parole, assist them prepare their post release plans and assist them with their applications for parole. Employees of NAAJA and CAALAS also make detailed written submissions in support of Aboriginal prisoners who are seeking parole and provide through care for prisoners once they are released on parole including assisting them in finding accommodation, employment and rehabilitation counselling and treatment programs. The work done by NAAJA and CAALAS has been of great assistance to the Board. In order for prisoners to be successfully reintegrated into the community on parole it is important that they receive the maximum assistance that the community is able to provide so that they can successfully manage the triggers that increase the risk of further offending. This includes a good management plan while they are in prison, access to appropriate rehabilitation courses and educational courses while in prison, assistance in developing realistic post release plans prior to being released on parole, assistance with accommodation and employment after they are released from prison, access to rehabilitation programmes after they are released from prison and sufficient supervision from well trained and appropriately remunerated community corrections officers. It is also important that the community understands the nature of parole and the need for prisoners to strictly comply with their conditions of parole. The cost of these services is a significant cost to government. However, if prisoners can be successfully reintegrated into the community free of further offending the future cost savings to the community will be enormous. YEAR IN REVIEW