1 Sep 2012

Community sentences bill to be changed

9:29 am on 1 September 2012

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley has asked for changes to a bill on the way offenders are managed in the community.

Ms Tolley has asked Parliament's Law and Order Select Committee for the amendments to the Administration of Community Sentences and Orders Bill.

The changes would let a community magistrate alter or cancel a community-based sentence.

They would also allow a probation officer, rather than the court, to direct that up to 20% of an 80-hour community work sentence be spent in training in basic work and living skills. The aim is to reduce the barriers to training for prisoners.

Another change would permit the Corrections Department to approve changes of address for those subject to a curfew.

Anyone who submitted on the previous version of the bill will now be asked to consider the new draft.