The Attorney-General has resistedcalls to release further details about a series of bungled prison releases.
Nanjing Night Net

Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin

Vanessa Goodwin said the series of mistaken releases was “totally unacceptable” and committed to doing whatever was needed to address the issue.

Sixinmates have been accidentally released early from Risdon Prison in the last two years, with another error meaning an inmate was kept in custody several weeks after their scheduled release.

Dr Goodwin said it was inappropriate to identify individual prisoners, but said none remained at large and had not been advised of any prisoners committing criminal offences before they were returned to custody.

Two early releases involved an armed robber who was set free one year before his scheduled release, while another inmate in custody for domestic violence matters was released two weeks early.

The government has not released details about how long the other prisonerswere released before they were returned to custody, or the types of crimes they had committed.

Labor Justice spokeswoman Lara Giddings said Dr Goodwin was being “deliberately secretive” and thelack of detail was simply not good enough.

Ms Giddings said Dr Goodwin had a duty to release further detail in the interests of community safety.

“It’s important that the community can have confidence that they are safe under the government,” she said.

KPMG is conducting an audit into the mistaken releases and will provide a full report by the end of September.

The government has also created a centralised sentencing administration unit inside the prison system.

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