Crime

Lionel Messi Is A White-Collar Criminal
9 June 2017

Lionel Messi Is A White-Collar Criminal

Lionel Messi is in Melbourne with his Argentinian teammates to play Brazil at the MCG tonight. But should he actually be locked up in a Spanish jail? Messi was convicted last year of evading millions of euros in taxes. His appeal was denied last month and his sentence of 21 months in prison and a €2 million fine was upheld.
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Changes Could Reduce Reoffending For Low-Risk Criminals
16 May 2017

Changes Could Reduce Reoffending For Low-Risk Criminals

The NSW government continues to lead the way on innovative criminal justice policy. Having last year committed $3.8 billion to new and improved prisons, the government is now pivoting to reforms designed to reduce the need for further prison spending over the longer-term, by lowering reoffending and improving community safety. The government last week announced a package of reforms, including
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The New South Wales Government’s Bold Criminal Justice Reforms Will Improve Community Safety
9 May 2017

The New South Wales Government’s Bold Criminal Justice Reforms Will Improve Community Safety

“The New South Wales Government should be congratulated for its bold criminal justice reforms, which will improve community safety and have the potential to save taxpayers money in the longer term,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free-market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The New South Wales Government today announced a package of reforms to the administration
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IPA Research Outlines Criminal Justice Lessons From The United States
28 April 2017

IPA Research Outlines Criminal Justice Lessons From The United States

“There are a number of lessons for Australian governments from the United States about how to reform our criminal justice systems to improve community safety,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA criminal justice project today released its second major research paper, Criminal justice reform: Lessons from the United
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Criminal Justice Reform – Lessons From The United States
28 April 2017

Criminal Justice Reform – Lessons From The United States

Criminal justice reform first principles • Criminal justice reform in the United States has slowed the rate of growth of incarceration, reduced recidivism, and saving money. • The reform agenda has had bipartisan input and support, with reforms being implemented in many cases with Republican leadership. • The principles of successful criminal justice reform: » Community safety is paramount, and
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Locking Down Crime
28 April 2017

Locking Down Crime

Community safety is the highest priority of the criminal justice system and the NSW government can be proud of the latest batch of crime statistics. Robbery and theft have declined 13 per cent from the last quarter of 2016.Other serious crimes such as murder and assault are stable. This stands in stark contrast to Victoria where serious crime is skyrocketing,
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IPA Opening Statements To The Senate Inquiry Into Criminal, Civil And Administrative Penalties For White Collar Crime
6 December 2016

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
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The Punishment Must Fit The Crime, Not The Criminal
6 December 2016

The Punishment Must Fit The Crime, Not The Criminal

Today Institute of Public Affairs Research Fellows Andrew Bushnell and Darcy Allen presented at the Senate, Economics References Committee Inquiry into criminal, civil and administrative penalties for white collar crime. IPA research released this past Friday demonstrates the need for change to Australia’s criminal justice system. Our prison population is ballooning – costing taxpayers nearly $4 billion per year. Approximately
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IPA Research Indicates Need For Criminal Justice Reform
2 December 2016

IPA Research Indicates Need For Criminal Justice Reform

“Australia’s overuse of prison is failing to keep the community safe from crime by wasting resources that could be better spent elsewhere in the criminal justice system,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA today released a research report into incarceration in Australia. The use of prisons in Australia:
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The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions
2 December 2016

The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions

One of the most important roles for government is the protection of people’s lives, liberty and possessions through a well-functioning criminal justice system. Keeping people safe from violence gives them confidence to live, work and raise a family. And a key part of protecting the community is incarceration. Dangerous and antisocial criminals simply must be kept in isolation so that
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