Attorney-General, Greg Smith, of the NSW government has proposal legislation to keep violent prisoners who show no signs of rehabilitation in jail beyond their imposed sentence. He said that the changes were about protecting the community from the ”worst of the worst”.
Howard Brown, spokesman for the Victims of Crime Assistance League, praised the legislation and said that judges when sentencing could not predict if an inmate would make any attempt to rehabilitate.
The NSW Law Society expressed serious concerns about the legislation. Pauline Wright, chairwoman of the NSW Law Society’s criminal law committee said that it was inappropriate to punish someone for ”something they might do in the future”.
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