Same crime, same time: sentencing of federal offenders

Crime Federal government Australia

Australia’s system for sentencing federal offenders should be significantly overhauled to provide greater consistency, fairness and clarity, according to this report, which includes a detailed analysis of over 25,000 fraud and drug cases handled by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions between 2000 and 2004. The report shows a significant disparity in both the type and the severity of outcomes for federal offenders across state and territory lines.

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