Parole process, mock hearings, and research findings

Parole process, mock hearings, and research findings

This webinar presentation by the ACT Sentence Administration Board for members of the Law Society and Bar Association consists of four separate videos.

Part 1: An introduction to the ACT Sentence Administration Board

Members of the Sentence Administration Board speak about the work of the Board, through a short introductory presentation. The ACT Sentence Administration Board administers sentences of ACT courts. The Board sits at the ACT Law Courts at least once a week, and hears a range of cases under the Crimes (Sentence Administration) Act 2005. Most of the Board's work concerns decisions about parole, and breaches of parole and Intensive Corrections Orders. The majority of offenders before the Board are not legally represented. More information about the Board can be found on their website.

Part 2: Mock hearings

Members of the Sentence Administration Board give examples of the work of the Board, through two seperate mock hearings. 

Part 3: Key findings from "Parole in crisis?"

Professor Bartels will present the key findings from the Australian Research Council project, Parole in crisis? Public perceptions of parole and Parole Board decision-making. The project involved quantitative telephone interviews about attitudes to parole with 1200 Australians, qualitative interviews on parole ‘vignettes’ and parole decision-making with a subset of these members of the public and in-depth interviews with Parole Board members in every jurisdiction across Australia, as well as New Zealand, Canada, and Scotland.


  • This is a webinar. When you register, you will be sent details of how to log in to the session.
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • CPD points: Members will earn 1.5 CPD units: 1 in Core Area 4 and 0.5 in Core Area 1 (CPD points will accrue to the purchaser only)
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 per person
  • This webinar was originally presented on 17 October 2019. Access will expire on 16 October 2020

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Laura Beacroft, Chair of the Sentence Administration Board

Laura is the Chair of the Sentence Administration Board and a senior member of the ACAT. She is an experienced lawyer, having practiced in many different areas of law. She was the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations from 2002-2007 (a mini ASIC that regulates native title corporations and others owned by Indigenous peoples), and she worked in many different roles at the Legal Aid Commission of NSW from 1988 to 1995. She is an experienced researcher and led research into modern-day slavery at the Australian Institute of Criminology from 2008 to 2013. She is the co-author of Indigenous Legal Issues, a well known text book which will be released in its 5th edition in early 2020. She is committed to improving social justice in any role that she occupies. 

Don Malcolmson, Deputy Chair of the Sentence Administration Board

As well a holding the position of Deputy Chair of the ACT Sentence Administration Board, Don is the Principal Solicitor of Malcolmson Lawyers, a boutique legal practice that accepts instructions in criminal, administrative, employment, military law, notarial and other general legal matters. He is also engaged as part time In House Counsel for a multi-national company which is a service provider to governments in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

In brief, after careers in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy and the RAAF in aviation and management positions, and the Commonwealth Public Service in senior employee relations roles, he came to the Law later in life. After admission, his initial practice was within the Criminal Law Branch of ACT Legal Aid Commission. He then subsequently became, and remain a sole practitioner primarily in criminal, administrative, commercial and human rights matters with a focus on advocacy and litigation.  He is a both a Member of the ACT Government's 'Public Interest Monitor Panel' for the purposes of the Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Act 2006 (ACT) and an external reviewer of complaints made by AMC detainees. He is also the Honorary Legal Adviser to both the Defence Force Welfare Association and the RAAF Association.

Now a retired member of the RAAF Legal Reserve, he has acted for Defence Force members in disciplinary and military administrative law matters; and in sensitive investigations involving Defence Force members and was a Counsellor of the ACT Law Society from 2004-12, and a former member of both several health practitioner regulatory bodies and the ACT Legal Aid Review Committee.

Lorana Bartels, Professor and Program Leader of Criminology at the ANU

Lorana was previously Head of the School of Law and Justice at the University of Canberra and has also worked at the Australian Institute of Criminology, Family Court of Australia, NSW Attorney-General's Department, NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and NSW Public Defenders Office. Professor Bartels is Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Canberra and University of Tasmania, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a member of the Prisoners Aid ACT Management Committee, the ACT representative on the National Sentencing Network Leadership Committee and After Prison Network, and joint 2018 ACT Woman Lawyer of the Year – Community & Academic.

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