How well do you know your neighbours?
HOW well do you know your neighbours?
Latest Justice Department statistics unearthed by the Daily may leave readers asking themselves that question as we can reveal there are currently 551 people residing on the Coast subject to unique probation or parole orders.
A report obtained under Right to Information laws shows that at October 30 this year, there were 10 Coast residents currently on parole for homicide and related offences, while eight were on parole for sexual assaults and 10 on probation for sexual offences.
Fifty-one Coast people were on parole for assault, while 71 were subjected to a probation order.
More than 80 parole or probation orders were issued for serious drug offences, while 130 Coast residents were sent to jail for assaults and related offences within the past five years.
When it came to repeat offenders, of the 6795 prisoners state-wide there were 232 Coast cases where someone had been sentenced to jail who had previously served a jail term, or been subjected to probation or parole.
Some of those currently serving probation or parole, 342 and 216 people respectively, may also have spent time behind bars, or had previous probation and parole orders imposed on them, the Justice Department pointed out.
As for those currently serving prison sentences, 10 were seeing out life sentences, while 51 would spend more than five years behind bars.
While the figures may surprise some, a Department of Justice and Attorney-General spokesman pointed out there were programs in place by Queensland Corrective Services to help reintegrate former prisoners into society, and try to reduce the rate of repeat offenders finding themselves before the courts, or worse still, again behind bars.
"The Offender Reintegration Support Service (ORSS) is delivered by contracted, non-government organisations," the spokesman said.
"ORSS provides a range of services that are tailored to the needs of each individual prisoner.
"ORSS workers commence working with the prisoner while they are in custody and continue reintegration support post-release.
"ORSS acts as a brokerage service linking prisoners to longer-term support networks across a range of areas such as housing, alcohol and drug management, health, financial counselling and family support."
As well as ORSS, there are other support services for particular types of incarcerated offenders, targeting sexual offenders by their level of offending, as well as offenders identified as particularly violent, or those who had long-term battles with substance abuse.
"Pathways high-intensity substance abuse program is an intervention for adults with a history of comorbid criminal conduct and high-level alcohol and other drug-use problems," the spokesman said.
There was also a female-specific program targeted at aiding the rehabilitation of female offenders while in prison, ahead of their release back into the public.
Our Criminal Backgrounds:
- 10 Coast residents currently serving life sentences
- 10 Coast residents currently on probation or parole for homicide, while 18 were on probation or parole for sexual offences
- Of those sentenced to probation or parole orders in the past 5 years, Coast residents made up 9.43% of the state's total for abduction and related offences
- Coast residents counted for 11.11% of the state's blackmail and extortion offenders sentenced to probation or parole
- 42 Coast residents currently serving more than three years' parole
- 176 Coast residents serving 1-2 years' probation