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18 murderers amongst 916 criminals on parole in Ipswich

MURDER, incest and child sex abuse - Ipswich has a dark and dangerous underbelly.

Our sordid neighbours are revealed as a leading victims' lobby group blasts early prison release for violent criminals.

A special investigation shows the region is teeming with parolees guilty of 18 murders, eight manslaughters and 63 sex offences.

The Ipswich Probation and Parole office is also overseeing people who have committed three cases of incest, 27 cases of child sex abuse, 16 rapes and three attempted rapes.

Cases also include four of sodomy and four of carnal knowledge.

Queensland Homicide Victims Support Group general manager Ross Thompson said early release of killers had a major psychological impact on the family and friends of victims.

"We feel that people should serve their full time if they've committed a very serious offence," Mr Thompson said.

"When people get paroled it makes people very insecure in regards to their own personal safety.

"It may be 16, 18, 20 years down the road when the individual is paroled, but that family (of the victim) again feels the same anxiety as when the crime first happened - they feel threatened ... 'Am I going to walk down the street and bump into them'?"

Institute of Criminology researcher Matthew Willis said it was better for prisoners to serve parole than to walk free unsupervised from jail once their prison sentence ended.

"If you don't have parole and you suddenly put someone back out into the community without checks and balances there's no capacity for the justice system to say you have to do these programs and oversee them," the IOC Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Responses Team research manager said.

"Parole provides a capacity to have someone keep an eye on them and provide counselling, support and other services to help them get back into society."

  • 2012-13 parolees - 1031
  • 2013-14 parolees - 916

What They Did

The number of offences managed by the Ipswich Probation and Parole office includes:

  • Robbery, stealing and break and enter - 1009
  • Driving and road offences - 627
  • Assault and attempted murder - 497
  • Drug-related offences - 494
  • Bail, court and escape offences - 370
  • Fraud, forgery and extortion - 171
  • Weapons - 92
  • Sex assault and related offences - 63
  • Arson - 28
  • Murder and manslaughter - 26
  • Stalking - 9
  • Animal-related offences - 6
  • Offences against children - 2

Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

Topics:  parole policing


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