Criminal justice law reform challenges for the future: It's time to curb Australia's prison addiction

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    Abstract

    This chapter will examine Australias addiction to prison. It will commence by examining where we have arrived at in relation to our use of imprisonment, and why we must turn this around. In particular, it will consider the monetary and non-monetary costs of imprisonment, and the evidence on the crime prevention effects of prison. It will then posit what a new future in criminal justice might look like, drawing inspiration from recent development in the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK). The role of the media, research on sentencing and public opinion, impact on victims, and the emerging case for justice reinvestment will also be considered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Directions for Law in Australia: Essays in Contemporary Law Reform
    EditorsRon Levy, Molly O'Brien, Simon Rice, Pauline Ridge and Margaret Thornton
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherANU Press
    Pages119-132
    Volume1
    Edition1st edition
    ISBN (Print)9781760461416
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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