Information available to registered victims
The Victims Register cannot provide information in relation to an offender who is on remand.
The offender must be convicted and sentenced in relation to a crime committed against an eligible victim
before we can disclose information about the offender to you.
The Victims Register cannot provide information about an offender where their sentence has been wholly suspended.
Information that may be provided to a registered victim includes:
- an offender's eligibility dates for release,
- the correctional centre in which an offender is accommodated,
- the results of applications for parole and any exceptional events relating to an offender, such as escape or death.
Release and Eligibility Dates
Offenders who are sentenced to less than three years generally have their parole release dates fixed by the Courts.
Offenders can also be sentenced to a term of imprisonment suspended after a certain time and these offenders will have an
actual release date set. There is no opportunity for victims to have input about an offender's parole in these cases.
However, where an offender is given a parole eligibility date, a victim will have the opportunity to make submissions to
the parole board about offenders being released and if certain conditions can be placed on them (more on this in the section on Submissions).
The Victims Register will let you know an offender's:
- Full time release date (the date they have served the whole of their sentence) ( which may be served partly in prison and partly in the community under supervision)
- Parole eligibility date (the first day they can be released to parole (they can apply for parole six months before this date)
- Suspended sentence release date (the date they will be released after serving the custodial component of their sentence)
- Court ordered parole release date
- The date they are released from prison to supervision in the community;
We will also tell you the length of their sentence and the crimes they have been convicted of as they relate to you.
The Correctional Centre in which the offender is accommodated
We will tell you:
- The centre an offender is initially sent to
- When they are transferred to another centre
- If they are transferred to a mental health facility and when they return (Queensland Health Mental Health Victims Register
will be able to provide information to you regarding an offender if they are held at a mental health facility for a lengthy period of time)
- When their security classification is changed.
You will be advised:
- When an offender makes an application for parole
- When they are granted parole
- When they are refused parole
- When they reapply for parole
- When there are released from custody to parole
- The conditions of the parole that may pertain to you e.g. "that the offender has no contact, either
direct or indirect with their victims or their victims family" or "the offender must not reside in XXXXX or travel through XXXXX"
- What Probation and Parole District Office they will be reporting to and its address and when they transfer District Offices
- When their parole is cancelled or suspended and a warrant is issued for their arrest whether for a breach of the parole order
or because of further offending and they are subsequently returned to custody
- When they are re-released into the community.
Other information you may be provided with
You will be notified if:
- An offender passes away in custody or while under supervision
- An offender escapes from custody
- Other exceptional events relating to an offender e.g. events which may require a lengthy stay in a secure mental health facility or a hospital
30 June 2011