26 Nov 2014

Bill may improve info sharing, MPs told

4:17 pm on 26 November 2014

A senior Corrections official says a proposed bill could lead to better sharing of information on prisoners between government departments.

The Law and Order select committee at Parliament was told today that provisions in the Judicature Modernisation Bill could make it easier for prisoner information to be shared between the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Corrections.

The bill aims to update the 1908 Judicature Act, which is the legal framework behind New Zealand's justice system.

Alistair Spierling told the committee the Parole Board was not always aware of civil orders on prisoners and mentioned a particular case cited at the hearing.

"There was five protection orders in place that we weren't aware of. We were aware of one because he breached on that protection order.

"It wasn't until the victim met with the board and said, 'Actually do you know that he has another four protection orders in place?' So the board doesn't know what it doesn't know."

Mr Spierling manages Corrections' Administrative Support Service to the Parole Board.

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