Criminal Justice Law Reform Challenges for the Future: It’s Time to Curb Australia’s Prison Addiction

Lorana BARTELS

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Abstract

This chapter will examine Australia’s 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
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Contemporary Law Reform
EditorsRon Levy, Molly O’Brien, Simon Rice, Pauline Ridge, Margaret Thornton
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
PublisherANU Press
Chapter9
Pages119-132
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781760461423
ISBN (Print)9781760461416
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

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BARTELS, L. (2017). Criminal Justice Law Reform Challenges for the Future: It’s Time to Curb Australia’s Prison Addiction. In R. Levy, M. O’Brien, S. Rice, P. Ridge, & M. Thornton (Eds.), New Directions for Law in Australia: Essays in Contemporary Law Reform (pp. 119-132). Canberra, Australia : ANU Press.