THE number of parolees living in the Grampians has risen in the past year, according to the Department of Justice.
However, the region has relatively few parolees compared to the rest of the state.
Documents obtained by The Courier under Freedom of Information showed 12 more offenders on parole were in the Grampians than in 2012.
A total of 81 parolees were living in the Grampians as of June 2013, an increase from 69 in 2012 and 70 in 2011.
Most of the Grampians postcodes listed as housing paroled offenders were in the Ballarat area, including central Ballarat, Creswick and Sebastopol.
Across the state, 1646 offenders were out on parole as of June.
Suburbs in Melbourne’s south-east, including Noble Park, Frankston and Moorabbin, housed the most parolees in the state, with 500 offenders, while the city’s north was home to 358 offenders.
Of the regional areas, Gippsland had 110 parolees, Loddon Mallee had 106 and the Hume region had 94.
The Barwon South-West area had 78 offenders, the smallest number in Victoria.
The figures come as the Victorian Adult Parole Board has been under fire for a number of decisions which led to serious offences.
Earlier this year, Jason Dinsley pleaded guilty to murdering Ballarat woman Sharon Siermans while on parole for rape and false imprisonment.
The parole board cancelled Dinsley’s parole two days after he bashed Ms Siermans to death on April 6, which it was unaware of at the time.
In September last year, parolee Adrian Bayley raped and murdered Jill Meagher in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. Bayley had earlier spent time in jail for multiple rape offences.
In another case, Stephen Hunter stabbed Sarah Cafferkey to death in Bacchus Marsh nine days after completing his parole in November last year. He had earlier served 13 years in prison for murdering a co-worker in 1986.