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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 794 ..


(5) Have there been any occasions, since 30 June 2020, when an individual has had their parole or Intensive Corrections Order (ICO) cancelled and not been taken into custody within 24 hours; if so, (a) how many times has this happened, (b) how long has it taken for each of these individuals to be taken into custody and (c) how many people whose parole or ICO has been cancelled are currently not yet in custody.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Sentence Administration Board (SAB) does not routinely collate this information. A manual review of records relating to each application for parole would be required in order to respond in detail to this question. As such, it is not possible to provide this information within the requested timframe.

(2) As in answer (1), the SAB does not collect the data required to answer this question. In the absence of such data, the SAB has reviewed its current parole application matters at 18 February 2021 and can report that 35% of parole applications currently received by the SAB will have/have already had their first inquiry before the SAB after the non-parole period date.

(3) As in answer (1), the SAB does not collect the data required to answer this question. The SAB can, however, report that a decision about a parole application matter must be determined by the SAB within 60 days of the hearing being opened and that this statutory time frame was met for all matters. The result is that any detainee applying for parole will either be granted parole or refused parole within the 60-day statutory period.

(4) In late 2020, SAB was allocated temporary extra resources. And access to a temporary facility at ACT Corrective Services premises. At this time the SAB can conduct sitting days twice weekly by teleconference most weeks. This arrangement has allowed the SAB to catch-up with a backlog of parole application matters and to return to the situation pre-2020 when most matters were conducted closer to or prior to a parole applicant’s non-parole period date.

(5) Yes, there have been occasions since 30 June 2020, when an individual has had their parole or Intensive Corrections Order (ICO) cancelled and were not taken into custody within 24 hours. Between 30 June 2020 and 17 February 2021:

a. this has happened 22 times;

b. it took approximately 36 days for individuals to be taken into custody; and

c. there are four individuals currently not yet in custody.


Housing—Justice Housing Program(Question No 128)

Mr Braddock asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 12 February 2021:

(1) How many beds are currently available through the Justice Housing Program.

(2) How many people have been released into the Justice Housing Program since 1 July 2020.


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