Law change for violent criminals condemned

Lawyers say a NSW government proposal to keep violent prisoners who show no signs of rehabilitation in jail beyond their imposed sentence is flawed and threatens to undermine the justice system.

The NSW Law Society says it has serious concerns about the legislation announced yesterday by the Attorney-General, Greg Smith, who said the changes were about protecting the community from the worst of the worst.

The changes, modelled on existing legislation for serious sex offenders, will allow the state to apply to the Supreme Court to have a violent prisoner kept in jail or placed under extended supervision upon their release. This can include the use of GPS tracking devices on released offenders.

The proposed laws follow a Sentencing Council report that said the government should introduce a continuing detention and extended supervision scheme for high-risk violent offenders — via

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