Coronavirus restrictions see prisoners get reduced sentences
Some prisoners in Victorian jails have had almost a month shaved off their sentences due to the restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, giving them an effective “get out of jail free card”, the State Opposition says.
- David Southwick said prisoners were being treated better than normal Victorians
- On average prisoners got 26.3 emergency management days of sentence relief during the pandemic
- A government spokesperson said emergency management days were an important tool that helped keep prisons calm during the lockdown
David Southwick, the shadow minister for corrections, said the statistics provided to the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee showed almost 5,000 prisoners accumulated a total of 900 years off their sentences during the COVID lockdown.
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