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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bartels on Australia's Prison Addiction

Lorana Bartels (University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice) has posted Criminal Justice Law Reform Challenges for the Future: It's Time to Curb Australia's Prison Addiction (in R Levy et al (eds), New Directions for Law in Australia: Essays in Contemporary Law Reform, ANU Press, 119-132) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This paper will argue that Australia’s criminal justice policy should henceforth be focused around the central issue of whether any proposed reform will increase or decrease our prison population. If the evidence prima facie suggests the former is likely to occur, the policy proposal should not proceed. All legal and policy initiatives should be adequately funded to ensure independent evaluation of their impact on the prison population, with particular attention to the over-representation of Indigenous people. The paper calls for all stakeholders to develop and maintain a commitment to evidence-based policy-making and law reform.

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