Category: Going to Prison

Will I Get Parole? Parole Board Decision-Making in NSW


What is Parole? Parole is the release of an inmate after the expiry of their ‘non-parole period’ (the minimum term they must spend in prison) and before the expiry of their full term of imprisonment. So, for example, an inmate who is given a non-parole period of 7 years and a full term of 10 ...

Sexual Assault in Prison


A survey of NSW and Queensland prisons suggests sexual assault is not as prevalent in prison as some may think. Going to Prison- The Fear The UNSW survey found that one-third of people who are going to prison believe they will be sexually assaulted. That fear is reinforced by popular culture, which portrays prison rape ...

“Serial Killer with a Badge” Finally Convicted of Murder


Jamie Gao had two friends already serving time for drug offences. He was constantly talking about dropping out of University, about not wanting to get a ‘9-5 job’ and an upcoming deal that would make him rich. The 20-year-old was killed on the 20th May, 2014 and now two former police detectives have been found ...

Mum Faces Court After Leaving Kids Home-Alone


A 28-year-old stepmother has been arrested after leaving her children home-alone while she flew out of the country. Speaking through an interpreter, she said the children’s passports didn’t arrive on time, forcing her to leave them at home while she sought to fix the situation. She feels police have no business interfering with her decision, saying ...

NSW Premier Cuts Regulations for The Star Casino


There are fears the NSW government’s changes to casino regulations will open the floodgates to organised crime. A total of 19 out of 20 independent inspectors and auditors have accepted voluntary redundancy following the creation of ‘Liquor and Gaming NSW’, which has taken over as the state’s regulator for casinos. The inspectors had been permanently ...

Friends with Someone who has a Record? There’s a Law Against That!


Recent figures reveal that NSW police have issued over 8,500 warnings and charged 54 people with ‘consorting’ over the past four years, renewing concerns that the laws unfairly target individuals for simply associating with those who have ‘done their time’ and want to get on with their lives. Controversial ‘anti-consorting’ laws came into effect in 2012 ...

Bully Cop Faces Court


Another Queensland police officers has landed himself on the wrong side of the law after pulling a gun on a speeding motorist in the outback. Senior Constable Stephen Flanagan was suspended without pay over the incident, and is now in court trying to have his pay check reinstated while facing criminal charges. Video footage played ...

Do I Look Good in This? Man Sentenced for Stealing Barristers’ Outfit


The CCTV footage shows a man dressed as a barrister walking along the corridors of Geelong Magistrates Court, which would not normally cause any concern. But the problem is, it is the middle of the night, and the man in robes is not a barrister. It is a 33-year old Geelong man, Leigh Hansen, who ...

Sexual Assault Victim Re-Victimised by Criminal Justice System


In January 2015, former Stanford University swimming champion Brock Turner, aged 20, sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman behind a garbage bin after a fraternity party. He was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and faced a maximum penalty of 14-years-imprisonment, but was sentenced to six months behind bars last week. The case received ...

Police Officer Imprisoned for Domestic Violence


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Shaun Perry stared at his estranged wife and children as he learned he would spend more than two-and-a-half years behind bars for offences including spitting in his wife’s face, pulling her hair, and assaulting her with a weapon. Perry, a former Victorian Police Officer, pleaded guilty to a total ...