Qld to review sentences for serious crimes
The Queensland government could bring in stricter sentences for violent criminals pending a review of existing measures.
Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman says the review will look at the Serious Violent Offence (SVO) scheme for sentencing people convicted of violent and sexual crimes.
Currently, serious violent offenders in Queensland are eligible for parole after they have served 80 per cent of their sentence or 15 years in jail.
Ms Fentiman wants the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council (QSAC) to determine if the SVO scheme is adequately protecting the community from violent criminals.
She has flagged that QSAC could advise that stricter measures are needed to ensure community safety.
"The QSAC review of the SVO scheme will help us to assess whether the scheme is operating as it was intended which is to prevent violent criminals from harming our communities and reoffending," the attorney-general said in a statement on Friday.
"It will examine whether further reforms are required to ensure that sentencing outcomes reflect the seriousness of these offences."
Ms Fentiman said the review will take submissions from the judiciary, legal professionals, victims, advocacy groups and government agencies.
QSAC will also examine the impact of the SVO scheme on victims, and the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system.
"It is vital that the sentencing process produces sentences that are effective, fair and just, and that protect the community's safety," Ms Fentiman said.
"The parole system also allows offenders to serve an appropriate portion of their sentence in the community, in order to successfully and safely reintegrate into the community and minimise the likelihood of them reoffending."
QSAC is expected to hand down its report on the SVO scheme in 2022.