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The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council provides independent research and advice, seeks public views and promotes community understanding of sentencing matters.

Sentencing Matters Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council

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The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council provides independent research and advice, seeks public views and promotes community understanding of sentencing matters.

    Child homicide - the Council releases its final report

    Child homicide - the Council releases its final report

    Sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child - Final report

    • 28 min
    Community correction orders: are they a smarter sentence?

    Community correction orders: are they a smarter sentence?

    Listen to the latest edition of our podcast Sentencing Matters, where we talk to Professor Lorana Bartels from the University of Canberra about the use of community correction orders.
    Prof Bartels undertakes research in criminal law and criminology, with a particular focus on sentencing and corrections.
    The podcast looks at how community correction orders are not being widely utilised by judicial officers — and asks how uptake could be improved.
    Prof Bartels takes us through how appropriate use of these orders can lead to better outcomes for offenders and the community as a whole, while also alleviating rising prison populations and costs.

    • 16 min
    Parole: closing the loop in the sentencing process

    Parole: closing the loop in the sentencing process

    Listen to the latest edition of our podcast Sentencing Matters, where we talk to Deputy President of the Queensland Parole Board Julie Sharp about the broad range of backgrounds and experience represented and how the Parole Board makes decisions. The conversation focuses on the range of factors considered when determining a person’s suitability for parole and that community safety is the top priority for the Parole Board.

    • 21 min
    Youth Justice: Prevention better than cure

    Youth Justice: Prevention better than cure

    In the second of our special youth justice mini-series, Detective Chief Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon revisits the story from our sentencing seminar What happened with Jake? focusing on the importance of early intervention when dealing with young offenders. Cheryl talks about the rise of teen sexting and the importance of making sure policies and practices keep up with a changing society.

    • 23 min
    Indigenous welfare: How poverty is leading to longer sentences

    Indigenous welfare: How poverty is leading to longer sentences

    Canadian Senator Kim Pate has spent the last 35 years as an advocate for the marginalised and institutionalised — particularly Indigenous women and girls. Senator Pate talks to us about how she was surprised to discover significant differences in the treatment of women in the Canadian criminal justice system compared to men. A strong opponent of mandatory minimum sentencing, Senator Pate explains how it can exacerbate inequality rather than protect against it — and how women living in poverty are the ones more likely to suffer the consequences. She argues poverty has a direct relationship to a woman’s chances of ending up behind bars for longer periods. She also explains the story behind Canada’s Gladue reports, which are used in the sentencing of Indigenous people.

    • 34 min
    Measuring public opinion on sentencing

    Measuring public opinion on sentencing

    In this episode, we talk to the Governor of Tasmania, Professor Kate Warner AC, about her renowned studies into public perceptions of sentencing. Although judges are often branded ‘soft on crime’ in today’s media, the research shows when presented with the facts of a case, members of the public are actually likely to be more lenient. Professor Warner explains how the research was carried out, the questions that were asked of jurors and how the study has progressed from Tasmania to Victoria and now to a national study looking at sexual and violence offences. She reveals the results of the surveys and discusses the merit of sentencing remark summaries being published by Australian courts to help educate the public about the sentencing process.

    • 20 min

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