IPA opening statements to the Senate Inquiry into Criminal, Civil and Administrative Penalties for White Collar Crime
Our submission is informed by the work of our ongoing criminal justice project, which is developing policy reform across the criminal justice system, from incarceration, to policing, to the criminal law.
Institute of Public Affairs research released this past Friday shows that there are some worrying trends in criminal justice across the country. Our prison population is booming - costing us nearly $4 billion per year.
Approximately 46 per cent of the prisoners in Australia are there because their most serious offence is a non-violent offence. And prisons are not stopping reoffending: 59 percent of prisoners have been in prison before.