Nats get tough on crime
The NSW Government has announced a series of ‘tougher, smarter and safer’ reforms to expedite justice, ensure stronger sentences are handed down and provide better supervision of those serving community orders.
The Nationals are committed to seeing our regional police force supported and have responded to community calls for tougher sanctions on violent offenders. These measures enable our local forces to better prevent and respond to crimes, knowing that criminals are to be dealt with more rigorously and the justice and parole levels.
“The Government’s tough stance aims to reduce crime, allowing police officers to get on with their job of protecting the community,” Troy said.
More than $200 million will be spent on additional corrective officers and other measures, making our communities safer. These include the ‘no body, no parole’ discretion, with the State Parole Board also now able to consider radicalisation when considering parole decisions on inmates, irrespective of whether their original crime related to terrorism or not.
Early pleas will be used to reduce court delays, and Community Corrections Officers will now be able to impose sanctions for breaches of Community Orders in real-time.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has embraced the reforms. With his electorate suffering from climbing rates of violence in recent times he has been encouraged by the moves to reform justice proceedings and supervision, particularly with regards to sex and violent offenders.
“These reforms are a major win for the region with more tools for our police, courts and community corrections offices to keep our community safe,” Mr Marshall said
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole also welcomed the move to make offenders more accountable by abolishing ‘slap-on-the-wrist’ suspended sentences and addressing the ‘root causes’ of offending.
In conjunction with stricter measures to adequately punish those that offend, the NSW Nationals Parliamentary team supported measures to break the cycle of offending particularly by juvenile offenders.
In Kevin Humphries’ electorate of Barwon, Eternity Aid in Bourke has recently received a $170,000 grant from the NSW Government to launch an early intervention program targeted specifically at young offenders.
“Youth crime has an enormous cost, both socially and economically, and by targeting young people at two key developmental stages – during the transition to kindergarten and the transition to high school – program providers will be able to identify kids at risk and equip them with the skills to become productive, active and healthy members of our community,” Kevin said.