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Sentencing

Report

The '80 per cent rule': the Serious Violent Offences Scheme in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld): final report

This report presents the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s findings and recommendations on its review into the operation and efficacy of the serious violent offences ('SVO') scheme under Part 9A of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld).
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Sentencing breaches of Family Violence Intervention Orders and Safety Notices: third monitoring report

This report presents police and court data on Family Violence Safety Notices (FVSNs) and Family Violence Intervention Orders (FVIOs) in Victoria. The report incorporates demographic data on affected family members/protected persons and respondents, and examines changes in sentencing practices for breach offences in the decade...
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Sentencing stalking in Victoria

This report provides an in-depth analysis of how Victorian courts sentence stalking offences contrary to section 21A of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic). It considers the demographics of stalkers, the relationship between stalking offenders and victims, the sorts of stalking behaviours sentenced in Victorian courts...
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Sentencing breaches of Personal Safety Intervention Orders in Victoria

This report analyses data on personal safety intervention orders (PSIOs) in Victoria from 2011 to 2020. It aims to assist the Victorian Law Reform Commission with its inquiry on responses to stalking.
Discussion paper

The ‘80 per cent rule’: the serious violent offences scheme in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld) - issues paper

This issues paper has been prepared to gather and present information about the serious violent offences scheme to assist stakeholders and community members to provide their views to the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council on the scheme and options for reform.
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Australia's prison dilemma: research paper

Australia is putting more people in prison, despite a fall in the number of criminal offenders. This paper looks at what is driving these trends, the costs on society and whether there are alternatives to prison that still keep the community safe, but at a...
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Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2019–20

This report measures the number of young people who were released from a supervised youth justice sentence and who were subsequently returned—that is, young people who received another supervised sentence after the end of their initial sentence. Supervised sentences include both community-based and detention sentences.
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Sentencing older offenders in Victoria

This report studies sentencing outcomes from 2010 to 2019 for offenders sentenced when aged 60 and over in Victoria. The report reviews the relevance of age to sentencing and investigates the prevalence of sentenced older offenders in the state.
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Sentencing for social supply of illicit drugs in Australia

In Australia, threshold quantities of illicit drugs act as an indicator of supply offences in distinguishing traffickers from users. This analysis maps out how current sentencing practices respond to offenders involved in ‘social supply’ and ‘minimally commercial supply’ who are charged with drug trafficking.
Discussion paper

Leaving custody behind: foundations for safer communities and gender-informed criminal justice systems - issues paper

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the rising rates of women’s incarceration in Victoria and to build foundations for an alternative trajectory.
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Significance of culture to wellbeing, healing and rehabilitation

The purpose of this report is to collate research regarding the significance of culture to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the significant benefits of connecting to culture, family and community as part of culturally appropriate treatment and care to promote wellbeing, rehabilitation and...
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Threat offences in Victoria: sentencing outcomes and reoffending

This report presents the first empirical analysis of 'threat offences' recorded and sentenced in Victoria, along with an analysis of the offending trajectories of sentenced threat offenders.
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Sentencing sex offences in Victoria: an analysis of three sentencing reforms

This report examines sentencing outcomes for six contact sex offence types sentenced in Victoria between 2010 and 2019. It considers whether sentencing practices changed for those six offences in the 10-year period and if so, whether legislative and judicial reforms influenced the changes.
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Sentencing for child homicide offences: assessing public opinion using a focus group approach

Public opinion about sentencing is notoriously difficult to assess. Building on the existing literature on public attitudes to the criminal justice system, this study aims to explore community views on this issue using a focus group methodology.
Briefing paper

Understanding the decline in Aboriginal young people in custody in NSW from 2015 to 2019

This paper examines the recent downward trend of young Aboriginal people being imprisoned in New South Wales.
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Serious offending by people serving a Community Correction Order: 2019–20

This report analyses the number of people sentenced in 2019–20 for committing a serious offence while serving a community correction order (CCO). Also available is a complete list of serious offences current between 16 January 2012 and 30 June 2020.
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Connecting the dots: the sentencing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland

This report examines court data for cases involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sentenced in Queensland between July 2005 and June 2019.
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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.