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Probation and parole - Queensland Corrective Services

Queensland Corrective Services

Probation and Parole

Probation

and parole


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Queensland Corrective Services

Queensland Corrective Services Probation and Parole was introduced in August 2006

and focuses on the tough supervision and surveillance of offenders, creating strong

links with the courts and the judiciary, and delivering a suite of major rehabilitation and

intervention programs.

The role of Probation and Parole is to:

assist courts and Parole Boards to assess whether offenders are suitable for

community-based orders

enforce the conditions of court and Parole Board orders

protect the community by assisting offenders to successfully complete their

orders

Parole and other orders

As part of changes introduced under the Corrective Services Act 2006, parole is the only

form of early release available to all prisoners. Under the new legislation, prisoners

serve the entire sentence handed down by a court, either in custody or on parole in the

community.

Prisoners sentenced to three years or less imprisonment (except sex offenders and

serious violent offenders) are given a parole release date by the sentencing court.

Prisoners who have been convicted of sex offences or serious violent offences or who

are sentenced to more than three years in jail must apply to a Parole Board for release to

parole.

Prisoners on parole remain under the supervision of Queensland Corrective Services

until the end of their sentence. Parolees are subject to certain conditions; for example,

they must report regularly to their Probation and Parole Office, attend rehabilitation

programs, undergo drug testing and abstain from alcohol. Specific conditions relating to

employment, curfew or a place of residence may also be applied.

Offenders serving their sentences in the community can be placed on:

probation

intensive correction orders

prison/probation orders

community service orders

drug rehabilitation order

Offenders on such orders are subject to supervision by a Probation and Parole Officer,

and may also be required to attend rehabilitation programs or counselling, and perform

community service. Offenders on an intervention order who fail to comply are returned

to court for breach action.


Regional structure

Queensland Corrective Services

Probation and Parole is structured into eight regions with a regional manager

responsible for managing the District Office in which they are based.

Probation and parole services are delivered through 34 district offices and over 100

reporting centres. Reporting centres enable offenders to be supervised by Probation and

Parole officers in the community in which they live.

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Probation and Parole staff

Under Probation and Parole, staff are divided into five distinct groups professional

staff, intelligence positions, programs staff, support staff and court services staff.

The previous Community Corrections model merged assessment, case management,

compliance and intervention functions into the role of one Community Corrections

Officer (CCO). This resulted in conflicting functions for CCOs.

Roles for Probation and Parole Officers are now specialised to reduce the complexity of

an officer s responsibilities, and improve efficiency, transparency and accountability.

Assessment officers

Specialist assessment staff conduct assessments and establish a management

plan for each offender based on their reoffending risk and individual needs.

These offenders management plans may include a range of activities and

conditions including program referral, individual counselling with external

providers, compliance with drug testing regimes or employment preparation and

assistance.

Case management officers

Case management officers are Probation and Parole s most experienced officers

who focus on helping high risk offenders to develop the skills required to

successfully complete their order and to prevent re-offending. Case management

officers work closely with corrective services intelligence officers, local police

and community organisations and agencies.

Reporting officers

Reporting officers are responsible for the ongoing monitoring and supervision of

low to medium risk offenders. They work closely with community agencies and

are responsible for implementing the offender s management plan and ensuring

offenders comply with their orders.

Compliance and surveillance officers

Compliance officers are responsible for the preparation of court briefs and

associated documents following the contravention of court orders. They ensure

contraventions of orders are brought before the court quickly and efficiently, and

that warrants are issued for those offenders who abscond from supervision. This

role also involves supervising offenders on community service orders.

Surveillance officers are responsible for ensuring offenders are complying

with the terms of their orders. They are involved in activities such as breath

and urinalysis testing, ensuring high risk offenders adhere to curfews and

determining whether offenders are providing accurate personal details.

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Intelligence staff

Intelligence staff compliment Probation and Parole s increased surveillance capacity.

Their role is to accurately inform management about higher risk offenders who are being

supervised in the community.

Intelligence advisors develop, coordinate and supervise intelligence plans, and provide

QCS Intelligence and Investigations Division with information to help reduce risk to the

community.

These intelligence plans are analysed and monitored by intelligence analysts who are

located in key Probation and Parole offices across the State.

Support staff

The administrative, administration and business system functions of each Probation

and Parole Office are carried out by a range of support staff.

Court services

Under Probation and Parole, the former Court Advisory Service will be replaced with

professional prosecutors in each of the Probation and Parole regions.

A new Judicial Liaison Unit will provide consistent and standardised information to

courts, regional managers and district managers.

Programs staff

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Intervention programs are delivered to offenders on court-orders across the State

through a network of eight dedicated programs hubs.

While working with Probation and Parole, the program staff in these hubs are part of

QCS Offender Programs and Services Directorate to ensure a higher quality of practice

and supervision in their specialised roles.

Programs staff include regional coordinators who establish and manage the program

hubs, and work in collaboration with Probation and Parole regional managers, district

managers and operational staff. Intervention programs are delivered to offenders by

program facilitators.

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Community service

As part of their court orders, offenders may be sentenced to undertake community

service under the supervision of Probation and Parole.

Community service projects are operated by not-for-profit community organisations.

They include environmental groups, schools, ambulance services, charities, mealson-wheels,

sporting clubs, local councils and many other organisations. Voluntary

supervisors oversee the offenders working on the projects.

Offenders work one or two days a week and, for many, it is their first experience

of community work. Some offenders continue this work voluntarily following the

completion of their orders.

Intervention programs

Offenders on probation and parole orders have access to a range of programs and

interventions aimed at lowering their risk of re-offending.

These programs, offered through the eight program hubs, assist offenders to confront

their criminal behaviour, and develop pro-social skills and techniques to control their

behaviour and avoid situations that may lead to further offending.

These programs include:

The Turning Point: Preparatory Program, which helps offenders prepare to change

their offending behaviour. The program helps offenders to weigh up the pros and

cons of changing their behaviour, and to help them to become more confident

about their ability to make positive changes in their lives

the Getting SMART: Moderate intensity substance abuse program that teaches

offenders to use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles, theories, tools

and techniques to abstain from any type of addictive behaviour

the Making Choices program that addresses general offending behaviour and

helps participants to look at how they came to offend while also helping them

to recognise points where different choices could be made. There are different

versions of this program developed for male and female offenders

the Ending Family Violence program that tackles violence within Indigenous

families and aims to develop culturally-appropriate solutions to protect adults

and children from the effects of domestic violence

the Ending Offending program that is designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander offenders in a culturally appropriate manner. The

overall aim of this program is to modify the drinking and offending behaviour of

indigenous offenders in the correctional system.

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Lower Gulf and Torres Strait

As part of Probation and Parole, Gulf and Torres Strait Island communities are benefiting

from tougher surveillance of offenders and state-of-the-art rehabilitation programs.

A trial of the new probation and parole model was introduced in Doomadgee,

Mornington Island, Normanton and Thursday Island in June 2006.

For the first time permanent Probation and Parole offices are being established in

the lower Gulf and Torres Strait to provide a higher level of supervision and case

management of offenders under community-based orders.

The Probation and Parole model for the lower Gulf and Torres Strait region aims to

reduce the over-representation of Indigenous people in Queensland s corrective

services system. The improved supervision and access to rehabilitation programs is

designed to provide a real sentencing alternative for judges and magistrates.

Probation and Parole district offices

Probation and Parole district offices are located at:

Beenleigh

Brisbane Central

Brisbane North

Brisbane South

Bundaberg

Burleigh Heads

Caboolture

Cairns

Cleveland

Emerald

Gladstone

Gympie

Hervey Bay

Inala

Innisfail

Ipswich

Kingaroy

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Logan City

Mackay

Mareeba

Maroochydore

Mt Gravatt

Mt Isa

Noosa Heads

Pine Rivers

Redcliffe

Rockhampton

Roma

Southport

Thuringowa

Thursday Island

Toowoomba

Townsville

Wynnum

For contact details, contact Queensland Corrective Services on 3227 7111 or visit our

website at www.correctiveservices.qld.gov.au

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GPO Box 1054

Brisbane, Qld 4001

For further publications on Queensland Corrective Services,

visit our website at

www.correctiveservices.qld.gov.au

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