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State government unveils parolee crackdown legislation

Posted by: Denis O'Kane & Ellen Feely | 5 February, 2013 - 9:02 AM

Elsa Corp, murdered by a parolee in 2010. (Photo: Supplied)

1PM UPDATE:  The Baillieu Government has unveiled sweeping changes to Victoria's parole system - which will see sex offenders and serious violent offenders sent back to jail.

The changes were spearheaded by the Corp family whose daughter Elsa was murdered by a parolee in 2010.

Under the changes, sex offenders and serious violent offenders convicted of a sex or violent offence while on parole will automatically have their parole cancelled.

Corrections Minister Andrew McIntosh said the changes are consistent with community expectations. He denied the tightening of the law will put extra pressure on jails.

PLAY: Corrections Minister Andrew McIntosh with Tom Elliott

EARLIER: 3AW Breakfast expects the state government will today announce legislation set to crack down on offenders who commit crimes while on parole, with new laws requiring them to be sent straight back to jail.

The morning the Rumour File heard the Baillieu government is set to announce the new laws as early as today, with a family of a murder victim confirming he has been summoned to meet Minister for Corrections and Crime Prevention Andrew McIntosh this morning.

Andy Corp, father of Elsa Corp who was murdered by a parolee in 2010, told Ross and John while the prospect of the announcement was great news, he remained cynical.

"We put to the government in November four major points which are half (an) A4 page regarding parolees who commit serious crimes while on parole,” he said.

”In our case, our daughter was murdered by a parolee who was arrested three times on parole, his parole wasn't revoked, he was also on bail, he had a ten-year history of very poor performance, judges had said that he had very low chances of rehab.”

A spokesperson for Andrew McIntosh would neither confirm nor deny the rumour, but said that the government had been talking about this happening for a couple of weeks.

LISTEN: Andy Corp speaks with Ross and John:

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Blog comments Your Say

  • As a parolee who was framed by callous uncaring murderers,and who has served forty years for a crime I have not committed, I am sick to death of innocence abused. Murder is murder. Stop worrying about the over crowding of prisons. Lock `em up and leave `em. Do the crime do the time!

    Parolee Thursday 18 April, 2013 - 3:28 AM
  • Not wrong Mylene. Pity the Brumby Government didn't take note!!

    jason Monday 11 February, 2013 - 3:48 PM
  • Don't let these horrid people out of jail, ever!! Beautiful people are losing their lives in horrific circumstances, and it's hell for the victim and surviving victims of homicide.

    Sonia Monday 11 February, 2013 - 1:43 PM
  • Is time, that authority had act on this absurd lack of respect for life of women's.
    My hope is that others state will follow the example and that the Juridical arm of the law will be implement with seriousness.

    Luigi Rosolin Monday 11 February, 2013 - 1:06 PM
  • The parole board quietly set free a convicted child killer into the community last week he served 16 out of his 19 yr sentence thanks for that parole board.

    mandy Wednesday 6 February, 2013 - 8:29 AM
  • Wow. So of you break your parole for committing a similar crime to the one that put you into jail the first time you go back to jail. What an original concept :p

    mylene Tuesday 5 February, 2013 - 11:17 PM

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