12 Oct 2017

The High Court of Australia has ruled that current sentencing practices are one factor to be considered in a judge's decision making, but not the controlling factor.


12 Oct 2017

This resource compares re-offending rates in NSW between those who received an intensive correction order (ICO) and those who received short prison sentence (less than two years).


26 Sep 2017

This report presents statistics on the number of secondary offences throughout the data period (2011–12 and 2015–16) and sentencing outcomes for those offences.


20 Jul 2017

Reviews the classification of child exploitation material for sentencing purposes to determine whether any improvements can be made.


18 Jul 2017

This report assesses how many offenders contravene their Community Correction Order (CCO) by committing a new, imprisonable offence, or by failing to comply with another term or condition of the CCO.


Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 532
2 Jun 2017

This study supports previous findings that diversion for minor cannabis offences can save money and lead to better social consequences.

Discussion paper

17 May 2017

This issues paper considers a new approach to the problem of repeat drink driving through the introduction of a specialist, problem-solving court.


26 Apr 2017

The Tasmanian Attorney-General, Vanessa Goodwin, asked the Sentencing Advisory Council to examine and provide a report on sentences imposed by the Tasmanian courts in cases where a person is seriously injured or killed as a result of a motor vehicle crash, and to provide advice...


8 Feb 2017

A community correction order (CCO) is a sentence imposed by a court that allows offenders to complete their sentences in a community setting. Offenders on CCOs may have to comply with specific conditions imposed by the courts, such as mandatory drug or alcohol treatment, and...


21 Jul 2016

Domestic violence is typically characterised by a wide range of controlling behaviours. An offence committed in the context of domestic violence is usually part of a larger picture of repeated and multifaceted physical, mental and emotional abuse in which the perpetrator uses tactics aimed at...


21 Jul 2016

The data in this report are extracted from the Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) Offender Integrated Management System (OIMS) and the Juvenile Justice NSW (JJNSW) Client Information Management System (CIMS).

The adult custody population figures include only those persons held in gazetted correctional centres managed...


20 Jul 2016

This report updates select data from the Sentencing Advisory Council’s 2012 report Sentencing Children and Young People in Victoria.

Specifically, it focuses on offenders aged under 18 at the time of offending (and under 19 at the time of commencement of proceedings) who were...

Briefing paper

5 May 2016

This paper sets out the recent history of firearms offences, including the origins of the Firearms Act 1996 (NSW) in the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre. It then outlines the distinction between non-strictly indictable and strictly indictable firearms offences, and considers the significance of...


16 Feb 2015

Outlines how Victorian courts (judges and magistrates) decide which sentence to impose on offenders. When sentencing offenders, a court decides what consequences offenders will face for what they have done. The focus of this guide is on Victorian courts. While some of what is described...


16 Oct 2014

Using both quantitative and qualitative analyses of judges’ sentencing remarks, this paper examines community correction orders imposed by Victorian higher courts in the 18 months to June 2013.


18 Sep 2014

Executive summary: This report has been prepared to assist the courts and those working in the criminal justice system to understand the operation of baseline medians as set out in the Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Act 2014 (Vic) (‘the Act’) and some of the...


30 Aug 2013

This report highlights the influence of implicit racial bias and recounts the findings of the current burgeoning scholarship on the role of such bias in the criminal justice system. Sections of this report cover topics, such as: racial disparity in police activity; racial disparity in...


11 Apr 2012

Sentencing Children and Young People in Victoria covers the operation, functions, and philosophy of the Criminal Division of the Children’s Court. It presents a statistical profile of offences sentenced in the court, and identifies and analyses changes over a ten-year period (2000 to 2009 inclusive)....


8 Mar 2012

This statistical report examines data on the operation of sentence appeals in Victoria.

In particular, the report addresses the absence of data available on sentence appeals brought by offenders and the Crown and on patterns of decision-making in sentence appeal cases heard by the...


1 Sep 2008

In this comprehensive guide to analyzing and responding to racial disparities in the criminal justice system, we provide strategies for addressing disparities at each stage of the system, as well as seventeen 'best practices' illustrating practitioner approaches for enhancing fairness.



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