MURDER, illegal abortions, child sex abuse and rape - Rockhampton 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 APN investigation shows the region is teeming with parolees guilty of 12 murders, four manslaughters and 24 sex offences.
The Rockhampton Probation and Parole office is also responsible for one person who committed an illegal abortion.
The office is dealing with people who have committed nine rapes, eight cases of child sex abuse and two cases 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."
- APN NEWSDESK
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