Parole, Politics and Penal Policy

  • Arie Freiberg
  • Lorana Bartels
  • Robin Fitzgerald
  • Shannon Dodd


This article examines the most recent changes in Australian parole laws, policies and practices in the context of the changing relations between legislatures, the courts and parole authorities. It argues that legislatures, purportedly reflecting public opinion, have become less willing to trust either the courts or parole boards and have eroded their authority, powers and discretion. It provides examples of legislative changes that have altered the purposes of parole and introduced mandatory or presumptive non-parole periods, as well as overriding, by-passing and restricting parole.

Nov 22, 2018
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FREIBERG, Arie et al. Parole, Politics and Penal Policy. QUT Law Review, [S.l.], v. 18, n. 1, p. 191-216, nov. 2018. ISSN 2201-7275. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 feb. 2021. doi:
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