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Changes to NSW criminal justice in 2018

LEGISLATIVE CHANGES FOR NSW RESIDENTS IN MID-2018:

* The government can apply to the Supreme Court for an order to detain or supervise high risk sex and violent offenders if they pose an unacceptable risk to the community at the end of their sentences.

* Early guilty pleas will be encouraged to help reduce court backlogs.

* The State Parole Authority will be able to revoke parole if the parolee's conduct raises concerns for community safety even if there is no breach of parole conditions.

* The SPA will have the power to allow candidates a period of supervised reintegration home detention in the last six-months of their non-parole period.

* Registered victims will have the right to make a statement to be considered during the parole decision making process.

* Community Corrections Officers will be able to respond to less serious breaches including by imposing curfews although serious breaches will still be reported to the SPA.

* Suspended sentences will be replaced by home detention orders.

* Intensive correction orders will only be issued if the court is satisfied the community will be safe and will not be available for offenders guilty of murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, any sexual offence against a child, discharge of a firearm, terrorism offences or organised crime.

The reforms will take effect from mid-2018.

© AAP 2017