July 04, 2013 |
The reporting of high profile crimes in Victoria and elsewhere has led to widespread coverage of parole in the Australian media. The parole system has been questioned, and “tougher” measures brought in consistent with the prevailing law-and-order agenda. But do reactive changes resulting from exceptional cases lead to positive law reform, and does the tightening of parole to target high-risk offenders risk a wider impact that undermines the rehabilitation benefits for a broader group of offenders who pose a low risk to community safety?
Here is some recent media coverage that we think makes a positive contribution to an informed debate.
- Justice system changes must be based on fact, The Drum, 27 June 2013
- Victoria’s parole system toughened further, ABC Radio national PM, 25 June 2013
- Go directly to jail: not always the best move, The Age, 24 June 2013
- The Project, Friday 21 June 2013 (from about 5.50)
- Victoria parole system under fire after Jill Meagher case, The Guardian Australia, 19 June 2013
- No need for new law on breach of parole, The Advocate, 24 June 2013
- Victoria announces ‘toughest parole’ laws, ABC Radio National, The Law Report, 12 February 2013