Report

Sentencing image-based sexual abuse offences in Victoria

The non-consensual creation and sharing of intimate and sexual images and recordings, and threats to create and share such images and recordings, are behaviours collectively known as image-based sexual abuse (IBSA). This report presents the first empirical analysis of how people are sentenced for those...
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Children held on remand in Victoria: a report on sentencing outcomes

This report examines case outcomes for children who were held on remand in Victoria in 2017–18. It reports on the demographics and criminal history of children held on remand, the offences remanded children were charged with and the outcome of their case. It considers the...
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Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2018-19

This report presents data on returns to sentenced supervision using measures developed as part of a related Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) project— 'Using the Juvenile Justice National Minimum Data Set' to measure juvenile recidivism.
Working paper

A tale of two risks: risk assessments and treatment of two dangerous long-term New Zealand detainees

This paper compares two cases of long-term detention on the basis of claimed risks to public safety in New Zealand, a common law jurisdiction. It considers whether either of the men or both are reliably or adequately shown to be dangerous, given difficulties in risk...
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Circle Sentencing, incarceration and recidivism

This study by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has found that Aboriginal people who participate in Circle Sentencing have lower rates of imprisonment and recidivism than Aboriginal people who are sentenced in the traditional way.
Report

‘Crossover kids’: vulnerable children in the youth justice system

This is the third and final report in the Council’s series on ‘crossover kids’: sentenced and diverted children known to the Victorian Child Protection Service. The series studied 5,063 children sentenced or diverted in the Children’s Court and identified those who were known to child...
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‘Crossover kids’: vulnerable children in the youth justice system

The Sentencing Advisory Council has released this second report on ‘crossover kids’, children who have had contact with both the child protection system and the youth justice system. The report finds that the vast majority of children were known to child protection before they committed...
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Time served prison sentences in Victoria

A 'time served prison sentence' is a sentence of imprisonment imposed on an offender where the length of imprisonment is equal to the amount of time that the offender has spent on remand in custody. This report analyses the proportion of prison sentences that were...
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Rethinking sentencing for young adult offenders

This report assesses the available sentencing options for offenders aged 18 to 25 in Victoria. The report reviews the literature on young adult offenders and their offending trajectories. It also analyses sentencing outcomes for young adult offenders in Victoria and explores approaches to sentencing this...
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Deportation and sentencing: an emerging area of jurisprudence

This report examines how sentencing courts deal with an offender’s potential deportation from Australia. It summarises the ways that potential deportation can affect an offender’s sentence. It also identifies unresolved issues that courts may need to consider in the context of sentencing offenders who may...