In a pre-election announcement by the federal Conservative government changes will be made to the release process for inmates serving a second jail sentence of more than two years where the individual has previously served a jail sentence of more than five years for a violent offence. Comment by Victoria Criminal Lawyer Michael Mulligan in an article by Justin Ling in the CBA National. While the actual changes are so narrow they will have a very limited impact, they are indicative of a formalistic approach to corrections that is counterproductive. Decisions on release need to be made on an individual basis, assessing the risk posed by a particular individual, rather than by formula calculated to support a press-release.
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