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Crime, Justice & the Law

The Criminal justice system includes government institutions, the courts, police and corrections, responsible for upholding the law, deterring and mitigating crime, or punishing those who violate laws with criminal penalties or other sanctions. Articles here also discuss the relationship between government and the criminal justice institutions. 

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No more silver bullets: Why Qld remains vulnerable to getting youth crime wrong

Brad Cooper reports for InQld (11.1.23) on the issue of juvenile justice in Queensland, highlighting how 'credible research continues... More »

Queensland police let off with a 'talking to' after inquiry's scathing report

Ben Smee reports in The Guardian (21.11.22) about the release of an inquiry report into the organisational culture of the state's police s... More »

A new national plan aims to end violence against women and children 'in one generation'. Can it succeed?

Anastasia Powell writes in The Conversation (17.10.22) about a new joint  plan by federal, state and territory governments to end vio... More »

Centenary of the abolition of the death penalty in Queensland

On Monday, 1 August 2022, the TJ Ryan Foundation participated in a day-long commemoration of the abolition of the death penalty in Queensland in 19... More »

'One chance to get this right': Queensland domestic violence inquiry must address police culture

Ben Smee reports in The Guardian (11.5.22) on the Palaszczuk government's announcement of an inquiry into Queensland police responses to d... More »

Queensland kids face 'tougher bail laws than bikies'

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (22.4.21) on the state government's new youth justice laws which aim to crack down on repe... More »

Review launched into Queensland's corruption watchdog

Lydia Lynch reports in the Brisbane Times (3.6.20) on the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee's review into Queensland's&nbs... More »

Citizenship test: court to decide whether Indigenous people can be deported from Australia

Helen Davidson reports in The Guardian (4.12.19) on a High Court hearing in which the Australian government contends that those who a... More »

The family court does need reform, but not the way Pauline Hanson thinks

Henry Kha writes in The Conversation (28.10.19) that there have already been two recent inquires into the family court, but none of their ... More »

Event: World Day Against the Death Penalty Panel Discussion

Australians Against Capital Punishment and the Julian Wagner Memorial Fund are co-hosting a panel discussion and dinner in Brisbane to mark World D... More »

Queensland to repeal police discipline system set up after Fitzgerald inquiry

Ben Smee reports in The Guardian (13.3.19) on a bill before the Queensland Parliament which will revise the external systems for police di... More »

Law and order is no get-out-of-jail card for floundering politicians

Luke McNamara and Julia Quilter write in The Conversation (12.12.18) about how 'law and order' was once seen by some as a sure-fire voter ... More »

The devil is in the detail of government bill to enable access to communications data

Monique Mann writes in The Conversation (15.8.18) that the broad and ill-defined new powers outlined in the Turnbull government's new tele... More »

Political interventions have undermined the parole systemís effectiveness and independence

Arie Freiberg and colleagues write in The Conversation (10.4.18) that government and judicial interventions into the decisions of parole b... More »

Royal commission report makes preventing institutional sexual abuse a national responsibility

Michael Salter writes in The Conversation (15.12.17) about the release of the final report from the Royal Commission into institution... More »

COAG meeting on counter-terrorism was more about politics than practice

Keiran Hardy writes in The Conversation (6.10.17) about the federal-state agreement reached at COAG to establish a facial image database a... More »

Stigma and stereotypes about sex work hinder regulatory reform

Paul Maginn and Emily Cooper write in The Conversation (3.8.17) that consensual sex work, like non-commercial sex, mostly happens behind c... More »

University sexual assault report: Half of all students harassed at least once in 2016

The ABC reports (2.8.17) on a new Human Rights Commission study which finds that alarming numbers of women at Australian universities have experien... More »

A national amnesty will not rid Australia of violent gun crime

Samara McPhedran writes in The Conversation (19.6.17) about the federal government's proposed three-month buy-back of illegal or unlicense... More »

Moonlight State: The honest cop who helped blow the whistle on Australia's most corrupt police force

The ABC's Mark Willacy and colleagues presented a Four Corners report (12.6.17) detailing the accounts of whistleblower police officers wh... More »

Australian authorities are doing all they can to combat terrorism

Adrian Cherney writes in The Conversation (9.6.17) that, despite recent high-profile events in Australia and abroad, there is good evidenc... More »

Queensland Premier says sorry to people punished under historical gay sex laws

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (11.5.17) on the statement by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk apologising on behalf of Queen... More »

'Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South' conference

QUT's Crime and Justice Research Centre and the Asian Criminological Society are co-presenting the multi-disciplinary 'Crime and Justice ... More »

Criminal justice system - reliability and integration of data

Policy Online carries a link (26.4.17) to a Queensland Audit Office report which examines how well Queensland’s criminal j... More »

So funding isn't being cut from community legal centres? It's hard to 'welcome' that

Darren Lewin-Hill comments in The Guardian (24.4.17) on the federal government's reversal of plans for further cuts to free legal assistan... More »


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