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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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Queensland locks up more under 12yos than other states, Amnesty International says

The ABC's Allyson Horn reports (31.8.16) on the release of details from an Amnesty International investigation into Queensland's youth detention ce... More »

Proposed Queensland crime laws will create new offences, increase some penalties

The ABC's Chris O'Brien reports (30.8.16) on proposed changes to the previous Newman Government's anti-bikie laws, which the Palaszczuk Government ... More »

Queensland feels pressure to remove children from adult prisons

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (7.8.16) on the potential move by the state government to increase the minimum age at which you... More »

Rethinking youth justice: there are alternatives to juvenile detention

Jodie O'Leary writes in The Conversation (4.8.16) about the revelations of mistreatment of youth in detention facilities in the Northern T... More »

Youth justice: Do Queensland children matter less?

Brisbane barrister Damien Atkinson comments in the Brisbane Times (26.7.16) on some of the implications for Queensland's youth justice sys... More »

Queensland's hung Parliament agrees on terrorism, security laws

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (12.7.16) on new Queensland laws, endorsed by the Parliament's Legal Affairs and Community... More »

Juvenile justice expert surprised by Queensland's low incarceration rate

Cameron Atfield reports in the Brisbane Times (26.5.16) on the findings of a US expert in juvenile justice, tasked by the state government... More »

Queensland to catch up on age of consent laws for anal sex

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (25.5.16) on the state government's moves to bring Queensland's age of consent laws for sexual ... More »

Robes rally for fairer courts

Peter Mares writes in Inside Story (18.5.16) about the continuation of cuts to government funding for legal aid. He observes that bar... More »

Queensland moves to strike 'gay panic' Homosexual Advance Defence

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (11.5.16) on the state government's promised move to remove allowance for the so-called 'gay pa... More »

Abortion in Queensland: Deputy premier supports Rob Pyne's push to decriminalise

Amy Remeikis repoirts in the Brisbane Times (10.5.16) on independent Cairns MP, Rob Pyne's private member's bill to decriminalise abortion... More »

Study in prison reduces recidivism and welfare dependence: a case study from Western Australia 2005–2010

Policy Online carries a link (2.5.16) to an Australian Institute of Criminology report outlining how education courses for prison system i... More »

'Drink at home' partygoers prove drink laws 'target wrong end of the evening'

Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (1.5.16) on Griffith University research which suggests that lock-out laws aiming to curb alcohol... More »

Legal options for domestic violence victims

Lawyers Alison and Jillian Barrett comment in the Brisbane Times (15.4.16) on the legal avenues open to victims of domestic violence, as a... More »

Scales of justice still tipped towards police who harm people in their custody

Craig Longman writes in The Conversation (15.4.16) about continuing problems in the treatment and sentencing of Indigenous offenders, and ... More »

Ineffective one-punch mandatory sentences should be scrapped, says Law Council

Jane Lee reports in the Brisbane Times (14.4.16) on calls from the Law Council of Australia for states to repeal mandatory sentencing laws... More »

How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations

Chris Cunneen writes in The Conversation (14.4.16) about a supposed 'punitive culture' in Australia supporting some governments' readiness... More »

Booze and driving don’t mix but a zero blood alcohol limit isn’t the answer

Chris Irwin writes in The Conversation (8.4.16) about the likelihood that introducing a zero blood alcohol limit for drivers would help to... More »

Queensland law should reflect public support for abortion

Hugh Harris comments in the Brisbane Times (7.4.16) on the 'archaic' nature of Queensland's abortion laws, which regard seeking a pregnanc... More »

What will the scrapping of Queensland’s anti-bikie laws mean for organised crime?

Terry Goldsworthy writes in The Conversation (5.4.16) about the state government's announcement that it will reshape the VLAD anti-bikie l... More »

Labor faces minefield in changes to anti-bikie VLAD laws

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (4.4.16) on likely obstacles and criticisms facing the Palaszczuk government as it flags reshap... More »

Anti-bikie VLAD laws should be 'scrapped in their entirety', replaced: Taskforce

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (4.4.16) on the outcome of the review of the Newman Government's VLAD anti-bikie laws, conducte... More »

What an unintelligent furore about the bikie laws inquiry

John Harrison has taken the Opposition and some members of the QPS to task over their premature responses on the review of the bikie laws (see link... More »

Brief review of contemporary sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia: 2015 update

Policy Online carries a link (29.3.16) to an Australian Institute of Criminology report which provides an overview of current sexual offen... More »

Calls to change Queensland's youth justice laws sending 17-year-olds to adult prisons

The ABC's Courtney Wilson reports (23.3.16) on calls for the state government to change laws which send 17-year-old convicted felons to serve terms... More »

 
 

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