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Coroner finds two main problems with parole system

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A Coroner finds that there are two problems that remain in the parole system, following a colonial inquest into the murder of  Dermot O’Toole.

O’Toole was killed in 2013 by Gavin Perry who was on parole at the time of the murder.

Neil Mitchell’s Senior Producer Heidi Murphy spoke with Neil about the details of the coroner’s findings:

  • There is no ability for Corrections or the parole board to make random drug tests as part of current parole conditions
  • Corrections don’t currently have the right to access prisoners health and medical records, they must rely on prisoner self-reporting
  • Coroner finds Gavin Perry would not have been granted parole in current circumstances
  • Corrections Minister Gail Tierney says she will consider the Coroner’s recommendations

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