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Is Victoria’s sentencing regime really more lenient?

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

Suspended sentences in Tasmania: key research findings

Through an analysis of data on offenders sentenced in the Supreme Court of Tasmania between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2004, and on reconvictions and breaches, the paper provides an overview of the use and impact of suspended sentences. While offenders given suspended sentences...

Sentencing and treatment of juvenile sex offenders in Australia

This paper examines sentencing and treatment practices for juvenile sex offenders in Australia and the challenges of reconciling the imperatives of rehabilitation, accountability and community protection.

'Knife crime' in Australia: Incidence, aetiology and responses

A review of the recent Australian data indicates an increase in the use of knives for homicide offences, while their use decreased or remained steady in relation to robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping/ abduction. The limited academic research on this issue reveals two discrete groups—young...

For First Nations people, coronavirus has meant fewer services, separated families and over-policing: new report

This article makes clear the treatment of First Australians during the COVID-19 outbreak is not the same as for non-Indigenous Australians.

Sentencing scammers: law and practice

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (2008: 5) has defined consumer scams as a fraudulent invitation, request, notification or offer, designed to obtain someone’s personal information or money or otherwise obtain a financial benefit by deceptive means.

A review of confiscation schemes in Australia

Confiscation of illegally obtained proceeds of crime is a key strategy for disrupting criminal activity, especially serious and organised crime by reducing its profitability and diminishing offenders' ability to finance further criminal activity. Confiscation schemes aim to redress imbalances by compensating society for the adverse...

Sentencing of Indigenous women

In this research brief the sentencing of Indigenous women in Australia is examined. Quantitative and qualitative data on sentencing patterns and practices are presented in relation to Indigenous women in Australia, although the limitations of these data should be acknowledged. Some examples of non-custodial and...
Journal article

Mothers who kill: the forensic use and judicial reception of evidence of postnatal depression and other psychiatric disorders in Australian filicide cases

Abstract: This article examines Australian legal responses to filicide in circumstances where mothers have killed their young children. We consider the potential legal defences that may be raised where postnatal depression (‘PND’) and other psychiatric disorders are present in cases of filicide: insanity/mental impairment, diminished...

Community service orders and bonds: a comparison of reoffending

This bulletin uses propensity score matching to compare reoffending rates between adults given a community service order (CSO) and those given bonds (both supervised and unsupervised) or a suspended sentence (both supervised and unsupervised).