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Corrective Services Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 (No 2)
After two years since the commencement of the Corrective Services Act 2006 there have been a number of policy issues that have needed refinement as a part of on-going review of corrective services legislation. The amendments proposed by this Bill can be categorised as either (i) amendments designed to update legislation in line with policy updates and business practice of Queensland Corrective Ser

Community consultation on reform of low security custody in Qld
In 2006, Queensland Corrective Services conducted a review to examine the roles and functions of correctional facilities in Queensland. The review resulted in the public release of the report entitled, A Review of the Roles and Functions of Correctional Centres in Queensland – 2006-2015, which was designed to provide a guide for planning, the effective distribution of resources and the implementat

Prisoner Employment Policy and Action Plan 2008-2011
In November 2006, the Innovative Prison Industries Project was established by Queensland Corrective Services to carry out a review of its existing prison industries program. The Prisoner Employment Policy and Action Plan 2008-2011 was developed as part of the Innovative Prison Industries Project. The Prisoner Employment Policy outlines how Queensland Corrective Services will adhere to Natio

Accommodation of low risk women prisoners
Low security correctional centres offer women prisoners the best opportunity to rehabilitate, make reparation to the community, develop vocational skills and reintegrate back into the community after release. Numinbah Correctional Centre will be decommissioned as a men’s correctional centre. The male prisoners currently at Numinbah Correctional Centre will be transferred to other low security cor

Appointments to the Parole Boards
The Queensland Parole Board, the Southern Queensland Regional Parole Board and the Central and Northern Queensland Regional Parole Board are independent statutory bodies established under the Corrective Services Act 2006. The parole boards determine parole applications from prisoners who are serving sentences in excess of three years, all sex offenders and offenders determined to be serious violen

Criminal Law Amendment (Public Interest Declaration) Amendment Bill 2013
The Criminal Law Amendment (Public Interest Declarations) Amendment Bill 2013 amended the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1945 to empower the Governor in Council to declare that a relevant person must be detained under that Act. The Governor in Council may make a ‘public interest declaration’ if satisfied it is in the public interest to make the declaration. A ‘relevant person’ is a person who is subj

Criminal Law Criminal Organisations Disruptions Bill 2013
To deliver on the commitment to implement tougher laws to tackle criminal gangs, the Government has implemented a comprehensive package of legislative reforms contained in three Acts: the Tattoo Parlours Act 2013, the Vicious and Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013 and the Criminal Law (Criminal Organisations Disruption) Amendment Act 2013. As foreshadowed in Parliament during the Octob

Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
A first stage of reforms has been completed in relation to legislative amendments to the Youth Justice Act 1992, Childrens Court Act 1992, and Penalties and Sentencing Act 1992. The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 provides for the: reinstatement of both the sentencing principle in the Youth Justice Act 1992 that a detention order and detaining of a child in custody for an

Corrective Services (Parole Board) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017
On 9 August 2016, the Premier and Minister for the Arts announced an independent review into the parole system in Queensland following the alleged murder of an elderly Townsville woman by a man on parole following his release from the Townsville Correctional Centre that same day. Mr Walter Sofronoff QC was appointed to conduct the review. On 1 December 2016, Mr Sofronoff delivered his report to t

Whole-of-government submission to Queensland Productivity Commission of Inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism
On 6 September 2018, the Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships directed the Queensland Productivity Commission (the QPC) to undertake an Inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism (the QPC Inquiry). The QPC Inquiry is required under its terms of reference to produce a draft report for public consultation by 1 February 2019 and a final report b

Queensland Parole System Reform Progress Report
The Queensland Parole System Review (QPSR), led by Mr Walter Sofronoff QC, presented the Queensland Parole System Review Report (the Report) to the Queensland Government on 1 December 2016. The Report contained 91 recommendations to reform Queensland’s parole system. The Government supported, or supported-in-principle, 89 of the 91 recommendations. As at 31 January 2019, 34 of the 89 accepted QPSR

Corrective Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020
The Corrective Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (the Bill) provides a response to the immediate risks identified in the Crime and Corruption Commission’s Taskforce Flaxton: An examination of corruption risks and corruption in Queensland’s prisons (Taskforce Flaxton), supports implementation of recommendations from the Queensland Parole System Review (QPSR), and improves operation

Framework for parole decisions about prisoners
Under Queensland’s Criminal Code, the offence of murder carries mandatory life imprisonment or the imposition of an indefinite sentence under Part 10 of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992. The Criminal Code, read in conjunction with the Corrective Services Act 2006, sets mandatory minimum non-parole periods for the offence of murder; that is, the minimum period an offender must spend in prison b

Inspector of Detention Services Bill 2021
Since 2016, a number of reviews into elements of Queensland’s criminal justice system have considered the existing layers of accountability over Queensland’s places of detention and recommended the establishment of an independent inspectorate to oversee adult prisons, youth detention centres and police watch-houses. These reviews include the Queensland Parole System Review, the Independent Review

Response to Queensland Productivity Commission inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism
In September 2018, the Queensland Government directed the Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) to undertake an inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism. The QPC conducted extensive consultation, including over 150 meetings with over 600 stakeholders, public forums, and public hearings in a variety of locations around Queensland and released an Issues Paper and draft report. The QPC provided th

Corrective Services (Emerging Technologies and Security) Amendment Bill 2022
The Corrective Services (Emerging Technologies and Security) Amendment Bill 2022 (the Bill) amends the Corrective Services Act 2006 (CSA) and the Youth Justice Act 1992 (YJA) to strengthen responses to internal and external threats and emergencies and ensure that frontline corrective services officers and youth detention centre staff and management have the necessary tools to be agile and responsi