Old sex offenders taking up jail space


Since 2012 the Australian jail system has seen a massive increase in prisoners over 50 years old.

This increase has put a huge strain on the system, as jails weren’t built to accommodate the needs of the elderly. A specially built facility for elderly prisoners in Adelaide currently has 8 occupants (out of the 26-bed facility) – 7 of the 8 prisoners are sex offenders.

The demographics show 35% of prisoners over the age of 50 in prison are sex offenders. These offenders are continuing to strain on an already struggling prison systems because of their increasing health issues as they age.

Since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse started in 2013, over 2,200 cases have been referred to the authorities.

There is a problem with finding homes for these convicted offenders after they have finished their jail sentence – Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt believes it is worth considering opening a facility dedicated to providing for the released prisoners.

Children in Catholic-run home buried in mass grave

A Catholic-run children’s home in Scotland has been found to bury children in a mass, unmarked grave in the cemetery.

Two Scottish men, Frank Docherty and Jim Kane, asked The Daughter of Charity of St Vincent de Paul (who ran the home from 1864-1981) for a figure on how many children were buried.

They were told 158 – the actual numbers ran into the 400s.

This information was uncovered after an investigation into the home, which faced allegations of physical and psychological abuse.

Paedophile priest breaches parole

Adrian Van Klooster was a priest from Bunbury, WA. He was sentenced to eight years in 2003, for sexually abusing two boys and three girls.

His name was on the National Sex Offenders Register, which means police from the Sex Offender Management Squad (SOMS) had access to his living arrangements. They went to his house after they discovered a Twitter account in his name.

Van Klooster hadn’t disclosed the Twitter account to the police.

Judge Goetze sentenced Van Klooster to a year in jail. He will be eligible for parole in six months, however, because of his age and his cooperation with the police.

If you have been sexually abused by clergy or an institution, please get in touch with us today. Kelso Lawyers would like to help you achieve justice.


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