A journalist working for Sydney Criminal Lawyers, a law firm that also publishes regular articles relating to the law and criminal justice system, reached out last week regarding my views on COVID-19 and the government inaction on releasing prisoners. That article went live this morning. You can read it here.
It’s definitely a real shame Australia hasn’t followed the example set by countries like the US, Ireland, and even Iran in releasing low-risk offenders to help protect the community from corona-virus overwhelming the cramped conditions inside our prison system, and then spreading back to the community via essential prison staff. And especially confusing since laws allowing for the release of inmates for that reason have been passed, though not taken advantage of. Check out the article to read more on the subject.