Ipswich has say on sex offenders

DO you think child sex offenders are receiving the sentences they deserve?

This will be one of the questions raised at a special meeting in Ipswich later this month.

The Sentencing Advisory Council will visit the city on Monday, November 28 to gauge how community members feel about the current sentencing of Queensland child sex offenders.

Council chair Geraldine Mackenzie said about 50 people, including victims, offenders, support groups, police and affected families, had been invited to the meeting.

Prof Mackenzie said the meeting was by invitation only, but feedback from the wider community was welcome.

"People from across Ipswich can let us know what they think about the issue by completing a survey online, writing a letter or calling us," Prof Mackenzie said.

Harrisville Neighbourhood Watch president Pam Lobwein said townspeople were worried about the sentencing and resettlement of sex offenders, after last week's brief settlement of a known offender in the small town.

"A lot of people said, 'Why aren't they locked up for good if they keep re-offending? If it happens again and again, why do they keep getting released?'" Ms Lobwein said.

Prof Mackenzie said that resettlement would not be considered in the study.

She said Ipswich was chosen as one of five meeting sites because of its court and support service infrastructure, and because it was a growing region.

Online submissions close on December 9.



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