Today in Parliament, the Victorian Liberal Nationals moved two amendments to the Justice Legislation Amendment (Serious Offenders and Other Matters) Bill 2019, to strengthen the rights of victims in the criminal justice system.
These amendments will make changes to the Corrections Act 1986 to;
· Create a new offence for a prisoner to directly communicate or attempt to communicate via letter or parcel, with a victim, without the prior consent of the victim, punishable by up to 6 months imprisonment.
· Ensure a legislative requirement that at least one of the members of the Adult Parole Board is a person representing the interest of victims.
Victims of crime deserve to be protected from unwanted contact from offenders and to have a voice in all parole decisions in the adult correctional system.
Today, Daniel Andrews has a choice to vote in support of strengthening protections and representation of those most affected by crime, or to walk away from a stronger justice system for victims.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, David Southwick:
“Under Labor, Victoria has a legal system not a justice system and victims of crime are being let down.
“Victims of crime deserve to be protected against unwanted contact from offenders and to have a voice in parole decisions and these changes will ensure that occurs.
“Daniel Andrews must get on board with these changes and vote for stronger protections and representation for victims of crime.”