Criminal Justice

Prison is For Violent Offenders, Not Media Executives
4 April 2019

Prison is For Violent Offenders, Not Media Executives

“Throwing media executives in jail will increase costs to taxpayers without improving community safety or addressing concerns about violent content being shared on social media platforms,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. On 3 April, the Senate passed a government-backed Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Bill 2019 that
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Queensland’s Rising Incarceration Rate Calls For Criminal Justice Overhaul
11 February 2019

Queensland’s Rising Incarceration Rate Calls For Criminal Justice Overhaul

Queenslanders are facing a massive increase in criminal justice costs but without any promise the spending will lead to safer communities. This is the key finding of a new Queensland Productivity Commission report on incarceration and reoffending. The report shows a radical rise in the number of Queenslanders going to prison. The incarceration rate, meaning the proportion of adults who
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Public Safety Must Always Be The Priority
3 January 2018

Public Safety Must Always Be The Priority

Under pressure, Victoria Police have now finally admitted that gangs of young people from African backgrounds are causing fear and havoc in Melbourne’s streets. But despite that, Victoria’s police chief seems to think arresting people is somehow unfair. Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton appears to spend more time fretting about the “human rights” of juvenile rioters than he does about
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Our Work on Criminal Justice in 2017
19 December 2017

Our Work on Criminal Justice in 2017

Andrew Bushnell explains the impact our work on criminal justice has had in 2017.
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Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System
15 September 2017

Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System

This paper provides an overview of national statistics pertaining to the high level of incarceration of Indigenous Australians and the socioeconomic background to that phenomenon. The paper goes on to consider how to address this issues by applying the traditional criminal justice principles of equal justice, personal responsibility, and fair punishment. National averages are useful for identifying broad trends. However,
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IPA Report – Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System
15 September 2017

IPA Report – Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System

A new report released today by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs: Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system, examines the very high rate of incarceration among Indigenous Australians. The report makes an original contribution through a renewed focus on core principles of justice and corrections, while being mindful of Indigenous disadvantage. It finds that despite decades
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The Expensive Problem With Our Prisons: Why Spending More Doesn’t Make Us Feel Safer
8 August 2017

The Expensive Problem With Our Prisons: Why Spending More Doesn’t Make Us Feel Safer

Australia spends more on criminal justice than most other developed countries, but gets worse results. In world terms, we spend a lot on prisons and police but despite this, Australians consistently report feeling less safe than people in similar countries. These are the findings of the latest report for the Institute of Public Affairs Criminal Justice Project, and they underline the
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Australia’s Criminal Justice Costs: An International Comparison
8 August 2017

Australia’s Criminal Justice Costs: An International Comparison

Incarceration in Australia is growing rapidly. The 2016 adult incarceration rate was 208 per 100,000 adults, up 28 percent from 2006. There are now more than 36,000 prisoners, up 39 percent from a decade ago. The Institute of Public Affairs Criminal Justice Project has investigated the causes of this increase and policy ideas for rationalising the use of prisons in
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IPA Research Finds Australia Falling Behind World On Criminal Justice Costs And Results
8 August 2017

IPA Research Finds Australia Falling Behind World On Criminal Justice Costs And Results

“Australians are spending more on criminal justice and getting worse results than most comparable countries, underlining the need for criminal justice reform across the country,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the IPA released a new report Australia’s Criminal Justice Costs: An International Comparison. Authored by Research Fellow Andrew
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NSW Reforms Point Way To Reducing High Rate Of Indigenous Incarceration
28 July 2017

NSW Reforms Point Way To Reducing High Rate Of Indigenous Incarceration

A report from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows the incarceration of indigenous Australians in that state has increased by 25 per cent since 2013. The report attributes this rise to more indigenous people being charged with, and imprisoned for, stalking and intimidation ­offences, defendants spending more time on remand and more ­breaches of good behaviour bonds and
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