Incarceration crisis

New ABS Prison Data Shows Why Criminal Justice Reform Urgent
23 November 2023

New ABS Prison Data Shows Why Criminal Justice Reform Urgent

“The latest ABS data shows prison numbers have climbed over the last 12 months, highlighting, yet again, the need for wholesale criminal justice reform, as current policy settings are simply not working or keeping us safe,” said Mia Schlicht, Research Analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs. Data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals the number of
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New ABS Data Reveals Worrying Rise In Prisoner Numbers
21 September 2023

New ABS Data Reveals Worrying Rise In Prisoner Numbers

“The alarming growth in Australia’s prisoner numbers is a sure sign we need a wholesale change in our criminal justice approach, one built on common sense, with community protection at its core,” said Mia Schlicht, Research Analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs. Data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals the number of people in prisons nationwide
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The Unsustainable Cost Of Incarceration Revealed As Prisons Reach Breaking Point
20 July 2023

The Unsustainable Cost Of Incarceration Revealed As Prisons Reach Breaking Point

“With Australia’s prison system at breaking point, we need to shift our focus to crime prevention, ensuring violent offenders are sentenced for longer, and giving non-violent offenders the opportunity to get into work” said Mia Schlicht, Research Analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the Institute of Public Affairs released new research, The Cost of Prisons in Australia: 2023,
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The Cost Of Prisons In Australia: 2023
20 July 2023

The Cost Of Prisons In Australia: 2023

The fundamental aims of the Australian criminal justice system include ensuring public safety, deterring criminal behaviour, holding offenders accountable and providing restitution for victims. Incarceration plays a particular role in supporting these aims. It is important that violent, antisocial, and dangerous criminals are removed from the community so that they cannot bring further harm onto others. This isolation of threats
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New Prison Analysis Highlights Desperate Need For Genuine Reform In Tasmania
13 July 2023

New Prison Analysis Highlights Desperate Need For Genuine Reform In Tasmania

“Tasmania’s criminal justice system is fast approaching breaking-point, with urgent reform required to stop wasteful spending of taxpayers’ money, improve community safety, and reduce unnecessary incarceration,” said Mia Schlicht, Research Analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs. As part of the Tasmanian Parliament’s Inquiry into Tasmania Adult Imprisonment and Youth Detention Matters, the IPA will present new research on the
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New ABS Data Shows Concerning Rise In Australia’s Incarceration Rate
8 June 2023

New ABS Data Shows Concerning Rise In Australia’s Incarceration Rate

“Data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has confirmed that policymakers must urgently act to halt the increase to Australia’s incarceration rate before it gets out of control” said Morgan Begg, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs. New data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals a worrying two per cent increase to
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Australia’s Incarceration Crisis Is Worker Shortage Solution
10 March 2023

Australia’s Incarceration Crisis Is Worker Shortage Solution

“As Australia faces simultaneous incarceration and worker shortage crises, many low-risk non-violent offenders could be gainfully employed in the community right now without risk,” said Professor Mirko Bagaric, Dean of the Swinburne University of Technology Law School. Today, the Institute of Public Affairs released a new research report, Let Them Work: How Criminal Justice Reform Can Help Address Australia’s Worker
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