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The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to keeping Tasmanians safe, protecting vulnerable people and victims of crime, and ensuring our laws reflect the community’s expectations. 

Today, I was pleased to table the Corrections (Prisoner Remission) Amendment Bill that will deliver on our re-commitment to abolish the outdated practice of granting prison remission. 

Remission of prison sentences (early release from prison) has remained a long-standing practice in Tasmania despite being phased out in all other Australian states and territories in the last 20 years.

The Tasmanian Government is concerned that the outdated practice of remission allows prisoners to be released up to three months before the release date handed down by the Court and we strongly believe that not only is this practice not in line with community expectations, but it does not align with the importance of truth in sentencing.

The Hodgman Liberal Government has also invested significantly in the Tasmania Prison Service and Justice System since coming to office.

This includes:

• recruiting correctional staff at an exponential rate. Since May 2016 the TPS has recruited 78 new Correctional Officers. This includes 18 officers who graduated in December 2017, and a further 23 who graduated on the 27th April this year;

• we have also invested substantially in prison infrastructure with 81 beds anticipated to come online this year; and

• we have also committed to a new, $70 million remand facility in the South, and a new prison in the North.

The Hodgman Liberal Government supports a safer Tasmania and will continue to deliver on these commitments.

 

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections