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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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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 »

Queensland drags heels on anal sex law changes

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (22.3.16) on apparent delays in the state government updating laws relating to the age of conse... More »

Abortion: the issue most Queensland politicians won't touch

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (21.3.16) on the apparent lack of political will to tackle abortion law reform in Queensland.More »

Crime and Corruption Commission pushes for law to punish disclosure of referrals

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (15.3.16) on recommendations from the head of the Crime and Corruption Commission regarding vex... More »

Police claims bikie violence eliminated at odds with their website

Joshua Robertson reports in The Guardian Australia (10.3.16) on Queensland Police claims that there have been no incidents of bikie violen... More »

Mobile women-only police stations to prevent domestic violence, expert says

Amy Mitchell-Whittington reports in the Brisbane Times (5.3.16) about a leading criminologist's proposal to establish mobile, women-only p... More »

Australia's recreational drug policies aren't working, so what are the options for reform?

Nicole Lee and Alison Ritter write in The Conversation (2.3.16) about the deliberations of a federal parliamentary drug summit, and the op... More »

Australian crime: facts & figures: 2014

Policy Online (26.2.16) carries a link to an Australian Institute of Criminology report that compiles crime statistics from various source... More »

Review of expunging historical gay sex convictions

Policy Online carries a link to the Queensland Law Reform Commission, which has released a consultation paper seeking submissions for... More »

Lockout laws and women

John Harrison suggests in the Brisbane Times (4.2.16) that 'watching Queensland's diminutive Attorney General Yvette D'Arth, lips pursed, ... More »

Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 - sanity prevails

The Premier has reached agreement with members of the Katter's Australian Party to enable the passage of the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence ... More »

Smart Start: 'preloading' and a safe night out - research studies

‘Smart Start - A Preloading Project’ ran predominantly in the Brisbane CBD between August, 2014 to late February, 2015. 

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Queenslanders support Labor's early last drinks law

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (2.2.16):

'The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, known as FARE, said ... More »

Lockout laws in Queensland

The Queensland Government is planning to amend the liquor licensing laws in order to reduce the level of violence in areas such as Fortitude Valley... More »

ABC's 'hitting home' report portrays ideal response to domestic violence

In The Conversation (24.11.15) Silke Meyer reviews the ABC documentary about domestic violence in Australia: 'Hitting Home'.

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