23 Oct 2010

Parole monitoring standards now improved - dept

2:39 pm on 23 October 2010

The Corrections Department says it has significantly improved standards for monitoring prisoners on parole.

Last year, the Auditor-General issued a report harshly criticising the department's failure to follow processes in the management of high-risk prisoners.

The report followed the killing of a Lower Hutt man in January 2007 by Graham Burton, a convicted killer who had been released on parole.

Burton served 14 years in prison for murder after a fatal stabbing outside a Wellington nightclub in 1992.

Two years ago, only 56% of cases were being handled properly. Latest figures show that has now risen to 96%.

The department says standards have been made clearer and there is no confusion as to what the bottom line is or what the mandatory elements of managing an offender are.