Friday, March 9, 2018
Lorana Bartels and Rick T Sarre (University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice and University of South Australia - School of Law) have posted Law Reform Targeting Crime and Disorder (In Rick Sarre and Ante Deckert (eds), Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice, Palgrave, 95-109 (2017)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This chapter presents a brief overview of some key law reform developments and other legislative initiatives in Australia that have helped inform the work of criminologists in the recent past. Specifically, we consider significant changes to the law on bail, evidentiary rules and sentencing, as well as gun laws, ‘one-punch’ deaths and computer crime. We also examine laws designed to limit the activities of outlaw motorcycle (‘bikie’) gangs and suspected terrorists. We argue that criminologists should be quick to analyse any new measures, with a view to providing an evaluation of the likely results. We should be providing legislators with constant counsel, and praise or – more frequently – admonition where and when necessary.