17 Jan 2014

Extended supervision bill planned

2:48 pm on 17 January 2014

Legislation will be introduced to Parliament to allow supervision orders for child sex offenders to be put in place for more than 10 years.

Anne Tolley.

Anne Tolley. Photo: RNZ

The first orders handed down to child sex offenders in 2005 are due to run out next year, after which Corrections will have no ability to manage those offenders in the community.

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says current laws, which allow only a maximum 10-year timeframe for supervision orders, would be changed to allow those orders to be put in place for as long as they are needed.

She says the orders would also include the management of high risk sex offenders and very high risk violent offenders who have reached the end of their sentence.

Mrs Tolley says it would help keep communities safe and protect the public from harm. She will introduce the legislation in the next two months.