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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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Palaszczuk not considering parliamentary intervention over Carmody

The ABC reports that the Queensland Parliament has the power to remove a judge if it is recommended by a tribunal of former judges.&n... More »

Chief Justice Carmody intends to complete his term

The Brisbane Times (15.5.15) reports that 'Queensland's embattled chief justice Tim Carmody says he has every intention of finishing ... More »

Rift in Queensland judiciary over Daniel Morcombe murder appeal

The Guardian (8 May 2015) reports on the continuing discord within the Queensland judiciary.

'The Queensland appeal court pre... More »

You can't link imprisonment to crime rates

Bronwyn Naylor reports in The Conversation on the evidence on crime and imprisonment:

'Prison populations in Australia are increas... More »

Tim Carmody's appointment remains a running sore for Queensland's judiciary

Andrew Lynch (Inside Story, 13.4.15) suggests that future governments should draw the right lessons from the Carmody furore:

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State of imprisonment: out one day, back the next in Queensland

In The Conversation (16.4.15) Robin Fitzgerald and Adrian Cherney write:

'Queensland’s rate of imprisonment has recently und... More »

Favouritism in allocation of boot camp contract by LNP?

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (9.4.15) on the Auditor-General's recent report on the procurement of boot camps:

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Early pub closing will work in Queensland: look at the King's Cross statistics

Peter Miller writes in The Conversation (10.4.15) that early pub closing times have worked in King's Cross, Sydney:

'Just 12 ... More »

Judge Alan Wilson on the Chief Justice

Retiring Judge Alan Wilson reignited public debate over the appointment of Chief Justice Tim Carmody in his valedictory address.  His remarks ... More »

Palaszczuk Government to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (27.3.15) that 'Labor will push ahead with its plan to tackle alcohol-fuelled violenc... More »

Former Attorney-General 'incompetent'

Amy Remeikis reports (Brisbane Times, 27.3.15) that the former president of the Queensland Bar Association, Peter Davis, has described Jar... More »

Queensland youth justice system in breach of international law

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (13.3.15) that Queensland is the only Australian jurisdiction to treat 17-year-olds as adu... More »

Labor to review LNP 'boot camps'

'Queensland's boot camps and other juvenile justice measures are under review, with Labor set to put the LNP's youth law and order reforms under th... More »

Not now, not ever: putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland

The Report of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family violence in Queensland presented to Premier Palaszczuk in March 2015.  

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Crime and punishment - real world alternatives

In this paper published by Inside Story (4.3.15) Russell Marks provides an overview of his recent book, and argues that the justice system... More »

If you want to cut crime you, can't ignore the evidence

'Dear Premier', write Janet Ransley in The Conversation (20.2.15): 'You have a ready-made blueprint for evidence-based crime policy in las... More »

Possible explanations for the drop in property crime

Cameron Atfield reports in the Brisbane Times (12.2.15) on AIC research on property crime:

'Tougher sentencing is less of a d... More »

Campbell Newman exaggerating crime statistics ahead of Qld poll

The ABC's Fact Check investigated Newman's claims on the crime rate drop under the LNP government.  Its findings:

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Politicisation of the police: behind the crime rate spin

Terry Goldsworthy writes in The Conversation (20.1.15) that 'An examination of the overall crime rate in Queensland indicates that it has ... More »

We need the truth about the crime rate

Criminologists have called on the State Government to establish an independent body to interpret and publish an overall view of crime statistics, a... More »

Bikie laws a 'Trojan Horse'?

Joshua Robertson (The Guardian, 9.1.15) interviewed Queensland bikie victims and found they had mixed feelings about the crackdown. For ex... More »

Changes to legal centre funding to hurt State's most vulnerable

Kim Stephens writes in the Brisbane Times (4.12.14) that 'proposed sweeping changes to Queensland's justice laws will adversely impact som... More »

Bleijie strengthens swathe of penalties and sentences

Amy Remeikis writes in the Brisbane Times (2711.14) that 'Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie finished the year the way he started it - b... More »

Shooting to kill: the use of lethal force by police

Terry Goldsworthy discusses the recent fatal shootings by Queensland police officers, nothing that 'Recently, Queensland police commissioner Ian St... More »

High Court invites fresh challenge to bikie laws

Rebecca Ananian-Welsh writes in The Conversation (18.11.14) 'Simply because the High Court upheld the laws in keeping with judicial i... More »

 
 

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