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Completed audit of parolees and community based offenders on electronic monitoring



Completed audit of parolees and community based offenders on electronic monitoring


Fyles, Natasha Kate

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Australian Labor Party


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Prisoners; Sentencing; Electronic surveillance

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Northern Territory Government

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Parole Audit Page 14 of 30 Alcohol and drug testing is not the only way Probation and Parole Officers monitor substance use by parolees, particularly those in remote regions. Regular checks are undertaken with police, community and family about other indicators of use. Parolees prohibited from consuming alcohol are also placed on the Banned Drinker Register for the duration of their parole order. Risk Assessments and Offender Management Plans Parolees are required to have risk assessments undertaken and a case plan developed as per the OMF. The audit found that 107 parolees have had risk assessments undertaken. Community Corrections did not undertake a risk assessment on two parolees who have been released into the custody of Australian Border Force pending deportation. KPI target for Offender Management Plans = 85% to be completed The OMF sets out the supervision and monitoring requirements for a parolee when they first commence supervision, ensuring they are subject to a standardised, high intensity monitoring and compliance regime until their individual plan is completed. These requirements are revised through the development of an offender management plan which is completed within eight weeks of their release, then subject to ongoing reviews in accordance with the parolees assessed level of risk. Where a plan is not completed or reviewed within the guidelines in the OMF, the parolee continues to be managed under their existing regime. As such it does not constituted a risk to public safety. The audit found: 73 parolees (88%) have offender management plans completed or reviewed within the timeframe prescribed in the OMF. This exceeds the KPI target. 26 parolees are still within their first eight weeks of supervision and are not yet required to have an offender management plan. 10 parolees did not have an offender management plan completed or reviewed within the required timeframe specified in the OMF. This has now been rectified and all parolees have current plans. Of the 10 parolees who did not have an offender management plan developed or reviewed within the required timeframe, the most significant pressure appears to be resourcing: 8 parolees were supervised by offices experiencing significant staffing pressures due to vacancies, long term leave and staff movements. 2 parolees have been on parole for a number of years and have stability in their management requirements. 0 20 40 60 80 26 10 73 Status of Offender Management Plans for Parolees N/A Not in Required Timeframe Yes