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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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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 »

Justice reinvestment saves huge costs of law-and-order auctions

Sarah Hopkins writes in The Conversation (20.10.14) at election time state governments focus on tough law-and-order policies which, when implemente... More »

Tony Fitzgerald's contribution to Queensland

A brief biography of Tony Fitzgerald, reminding readers not only about the corruption inquiry, but also about his role in achieving World Heritage ... More »

Why Australia should not ban Hizb ut-Tahrir

In The Conversation (10.10.14) criminologist Dr Adrian Cherney discusses focus groups he recently conducted with Muslims in Brisbane, Sydney and Me... More »

Crime stats provide reality check in Queensland bikie crackdown

TJRyan Research Associate, Terry Goldsworthy, analyses  crime statistics to see what has been achieved by the Newman Government's 'bikie' crac... More »

Booming prison numbers put prison officers at risk

Cameron Atfield reports in the Brisbane Times (22.8.14) that Government data 'shows Queensland's prison population has grown 13.43 per cent in the ... More »

Chief Justice Carmody and the 'merit principle'

In Inside Story (21.8.14) Andrew Lynch asks what we look for in judges, and particularly in a chief justice, suggesting that the controversial appo... More »

A historical perspective on juvenile justice reform in Queensland

Andrew Trotter and Harry Hobbs write that recent juvenile justice 'reforms' in Queensland not only make undesirable policy, but unravel centuries o... More »

Is rational law reform still possible?

In The Conversation (15 August 2014) Emeritus Professor David Brown discusses the national trend towards denigrating judicial expertise, the lack o... More »


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