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Stronger laws keep high risk offenders jailed

4 May 2016
Laws to keep high risk offenders in jail will be strengthened to ensure they can apply to more of NSW’s most dangerous and violent offenders.
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Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said the law changes would help keep the community safe and reduce reoffending by encouraging prisoners to rehabilitate as part of their sentence.

“In NSW a small group of high-risk violent offenders are kept in prison or under supervision after their sentence ends to protect the community,” she said.

The changes clarify that Continuing Detention Orders (CDOs) and Extended Supervision Orders (ESOs) can apply to prisoners who

  • committed murder in the course of committing another serious crime
  • manslaughter by an unlawful or dangerous act
  • wounding with intent to cause death or grievous bodily harm.

To impose a CDO or ESO, the Supreme Court must still be satisfied the offender poses an unacceptable risk of committing a serious violence offence if released from prison without supervision at the end of their sentence.

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