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.
This paper collates recent statistical information on crime rates, victims, offenders, policing, juvenile justice, criminal courts and corrections in New South Wales. It is designed to provide an evidence base to inform public discussion and policy development.
This audit examined whether Victoria Police has a control framework for property management that supports high performance and whether it prioritises and sustains improvement projects. It also examined whether Victoria Police stores and secures property in a way that supports frontline staff, reduces associated risks...
This report urges governments to conduct a review of law and policy to determine where people with FASD are excluded, and to work together with medical professionals and advocates for people with FASD and other forms of cognitive impairment, to develop a more inclusive definition...
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...
In this second statistical report on sentence appeals in Victoria, the Council identifies all cases originally sentenced in the County Court and the Supreme Court between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014 and describes the outcomes for those cases in which the sentence was...
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.
In this report, the Council analysed trends for offences of possession or use of small quantities of illicit drugs sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2017. The Council sought to identify shifts in the drug types minor drug offenders...
New South Wales, like Australia overall, has experienced a large decline in crime since 2000, yet little is known about its causes. This study explored this decline through a developmental criminology lens by examining two birth cohorts involving all those born in New South Wales...
The Victorian government plans on introducing legislation in 2018 to establish a Sentencing Guidelines Council. This report makes a number of recommendations in relation to key features of the council, as well as the sentencing guidelines it would create.
This report analyses the diversion schemes currently operating in the Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts of Victoria.
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 report provides a national overview of community corrections and outlines how community service, as the chief component of community corrections, can be made more effective through the involvement of commercial businesses.
This report examines the concepts and approaches behind Justice Reinvestment (JR) and how it might best be applied in Australia. The report shows that while JR faces some local challenges, it also offers substantial potential to improve justice system outcomes.
This study explores how the state of ‘intoxication’ from the consumption of alcohol or other drugs is treated by the criminal justice system in Australia.
Negotiating guilty pleas (‘plea bargaining’) is a central element of criminal justice processes in Australia, yet little is known outside the legal community about the frequency and outcomes of plea negotiations.
This study addresses this important knowledge gap through qualitative and quantitative analysis of...
This paper provides an overview of the current approach taken to reduction of sentence for a guilty plea in Tasmania, and examines legislative approaches to sentencing discounts for pleas of guilty in other Australian jurisdictions and comparable international jurisdictions.
This issues and options paper forms part of the review of restitution and compensation orders in Victoria.
Last week Rocky Horror Show actor Craig McLachlan issued defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media, the ABC and former co-star Christie Whelan Browne, one of the women who has accused McLachlan of sexual harassment. While no criminal charges have been laid, police are currently investigating allegations...