(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person was in criminal detention in a prison, lock-up or other place of criminal detention; and
(b) the detention was lawful federal criminal detention; and
(c) in accordance with a permission given under a law of a State or Territory (other than the Australian Capital Territory), the person leaves the prison, lock-up or other place; and
(d) the person refuses, or fails, to return to the prison, lock-up or other place in accordance with that permission.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years.
(2) Absolute liability applies to the paragraph (1)(b) element of the offence.
Note: For absolute liability, see section 6.2 of the Criminal Code .
(3) Paragraph (1)(d) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.
Note: A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).