Ex-probation officer questions Wilson's release
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 7:00p.m.
It is nine days until Stewart Murray Wilson is due to be released to a state house on the grounds of Whanganui prison.
And while the Whanganui District Council stalls on granting resource consent, looking for any way to fight having him in their patch, Wilson’s fighting his own legal battle to have his release conditions changed. He doesn't want to live in Whanganui anymore than Whanganui wants him there.
But as the Department of Corrections is at pains to point out, he's got to go somewhere. They cannot just put him back in jail. His conditions, the department says, are the strictest ever imposed on a parolee.
There are 17 of them.
He'll be one of the first to be monitored by GPS. He won't be allowed to set foot out of the property without written permission, and even then he'll have to have two probation staff with him.
But a former probation officer we've spoken to is worried that simply won't be possible. She says there are gaps in the system and staff are already stretched, and that Wilson should be the last person to be used, in her words, as a guinea pig.
Watch the video to see Rachel Tiffen’s report.
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