This article reports upon in-depth interviews conducted with five senior criminal justice policy-makers, each of whom was broadly sympathetic to reforming criminal justice policy to achieve the goal of lower incarceration levels.
The Serious Offenders Bill 2018 was introduced to the Victorian Legislative Assembly on 8 May 2018. It seeks to establish a civil, protective scheme under which offenders who have served custodial sentences for certain serious sexual and/or violent offences, and who present an unacceptable risk...
The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council has been asked to review the penalties imposed on sentence for criminal offences arising from the death of a child (child homicide). This paper briefly describes the context of the review, and provides information about child homicide and relevant offences...
This paper explores the drivers of the continued growth of the New Zealand prison population, including consideration of crime rates, remand, sentencing and parole practices.
This report contains thirty-five recommendations designed to reduce the disproportionate rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and improve community safety.
This resource provides a statistical overview of five kinds of theft offences sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria between 2012–13 and 2016–17.
The Sentencing Advisory Council has released this issues paper and an online survey, seeking stakeholder and community views on the creation of a Sentencing Guidelines Council in Victoria.
Presents 24 months of reception, discharge and custody population data for prisons in New South Wales.
An overriding focus on increasing sentences may not necessarily be the best means of redressing the harm caused by sex offences, writes Lorana Bartels.
The High Court of Australia has ruled that current sentencing practices are one factor to be considered in a judge's decision making, but not the controlling factor.
This resource compares re-offending rates in NSW between those who received an intensive correction order (ICO) and those who received short prison sentence (less than two years).
The ALRC has been asked to consider laws and legal frameworks that contribute to the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and inform decisions to hold or keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody.
This report outlines the need for reforms to Tasmanian legislation around the indefinite detention of ‘dangerous criminals’.
This report argues that the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is a growing national crisis that is being overlooked by all levels of government in Australia.
This issues paper considers a new approach to the problem of repeat drink driving through the introduction of a specialist, problem-solving court.
On 25 November 2015, the Senate referred the matter of inconsistencies and inadequacies of current criminal, civil and administrative penalties for corporate and financial misconduct or white-collar crime to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report.
The terms of reference were as follows:...
This report on Victoria’s prison population investigates statistical trends in adults held in Victorian corrective services custody between 2005 and 2016. As with the Council’s previous reports on this topic (released in 2007 and 2013), this report highlights a prison population growing at unprecedented rates,...