Prison sentences

Discussion paper

13 Sep 2018

The Queensland government has asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry to determine how government resources and policies may be best used to reduce imprisonment and recidivism to improve outcomes for the community.

Journal article

1 Sep 2018

This research shows that a disproportionate number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people are named on DVOs, charged with contraventions of DVOs and significantly more likely than non-Indigenous people to receive a sentence of imprisonment for a contravention of a DVO, compared to...

Journal article

21 Jun 2018

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.

Briefing paper

30 May 2018

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...

Discussion paper

17 May 2018

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...

Commentary

29 Apr 2018

Burgeoning numbers of untried prisoners are fuelling an unsustainable rise in Australia’s prison population. Only a shift in resources will bring the figure down, writes Rick Sarre.

Report

29 Mar 2018

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.

Report

28 Mar 2018

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.

Report

19 Dec 2017

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.

Discussion paper

10 Nov 2017

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.

Research report

30 Oct 2017

Presents 24 months of reception, discharge and custody population data for prisons in New South Wales.

Commentary

19 Oct 2017

An overriding focus on increasing sentences may not necessarily be the best means of redressing the harm caused by sex offences, writes Lorana Bartels.

Audio

12 Oct 2017

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.

Research report

12 Oct 2017

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).

Report

26 Sep 2017

This report presents statistics on the number of secondary offences throughout the data period (2011–12 and 2015–16) and sentencing outcomes for those offences.

Discussion paper

19 Jul 2017

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.

Research report

12 Jul 2017

This report outlines the need for reforms to Tasmanian legislation around the indefinite detention of ‘dangerous criminals’.

Report

6 Jun 2017

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.

Report

26 May 2017

Disproportionate rates of Indigenous imprisonment are unfair, unsafe and unaffordable, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Discussion paper

17 May 2017

This issues paper considers a new approach to the problem of repeat drink driving through the introduction of a specialist, problem-solving court.

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