- Sentence Administration Amendment (No Body No Parole) Bill 2017 has passed through both houses of State Parliament
- Persons convicted of homicide offences who refuse to co-operate with police and law enforcement authorities to disclose the location of their victim's remains will not be eligible for parole
- Attorney General has accepted the recommendations made by the Legislation Committee (the Committee)
- The mental capacity of a prisoner to co-operate in locating a victim's remains will be taken into consideration by the Prisoners Review Board in making a release decision
The McGowan Labor Government's 'no body, no parole' legislation has passed through both houses of State Parliament.
Under the new laws, persons convicted of murder, manslaughter or infanticide will not be released on parole unless they can satisfy the Prisoners Review Board that they have satisfactorily co-operated with police or other law enforcement authorities in the identification of the location, or last known location, of the body or remains of their victim.
The Committee report is available at http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"I am pleased that the McGowan Labor Government has been able to deliver on one of its key pre-election commitments with the passage of 'no body, no parole' legislation through the State Parliament.
"When a killer withholds information about the location of their victim's body, it adds to the suffering of families and this is unacceptable.
"These criminals should not be afforded the privilege of parole while their victim's family remains in limbo.
"These laws send the strongest message yet to those sitting in their cells today, serving life sentences for homicide related offences, to seriously reconsider their position and ask themselves whether they intend to spend the rest of their natural lives in prison with no prospect of parole.
"A 40,000 signature petition calling for the introduction of 'no body, no parole' legislation shows that these laws are supported by many people in the WA community.
"We hope these laws will bring some hope and comfort to grieving families."
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