Locked Up One Day, Key Thrown Away the Next

Apparently one of the things that the Queensland Government does best is keeping paedophiles behind bars. Under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 (Qld), prisoners can be detained until the parole board is satisfied that they are not a threat to the community. Unsurprisingly, political constraints always lead the government to oppose release. While up in Brisbane, I heard about one case in which a sex offender had asked for counselling to help rehabilitate himself, and deal with his urges. The government denied the request. Then he offered to pay for the counselling, using money gathered up among the few friends he still had left. The government refused to allow the private counsellor into the jail. So he went on a hunger strike to protest. When he came up for parole, the government said that parole should be denied since he had behaved badly in jail – pointing to the example of the hunger strike.

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1 Response to Locked Up One Day, Key Thrown Away the Next

  1. Sacha Blumen says:

    The Qld govt sometimes seems to be so congenitally stupid!

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