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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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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 »

2013-14 crime statistics - down 2 percent

The Brisbane Times reported on 7.8.14 that the verified crime rate in Queensland showed a drop of two per cent in the last financial year, accordin... More »

The rise of domestic violence in Australia

In The Conversation (4.8.14) TJRyan Research Associate, Assistant Professor Terry Goldsworthy and Matthew Raj discuss the crime of domestic violenc... More »

Newman attack on media over independence of judiciary

Response to Supreme Court Justice Philip McMurdo criticism that there had been an 'increasing trend' of governments 'disparaging' the courts, and a... More »

Lawyers who help people protect their rights aren't the problem here

James Farrell and Julian Burnside write in The Conversation (11.7.14) on the indepedence of the juduciary: 'Australia’s courts serve... More »

Judicial appointments under Bjelke-Petersen and Newman

Roger Scott discusses how the judicial establishment prevailed over Joh Bjelke-Petersen about judicial appointments, and recalls another incident i... More »

Abbott follows Newman? - silencing advocacy by community legal centres

Carolyn Bond, writing in The Guardian Today (Australian edition, 28.6.2014) asks: 'Who will speak out for those suffering family violence and the v... More »

The firestorm that will not die down

The appointment of Tim Carmody to become the next Chief Justice of Queensland continues to cause the Newman Government and Attorney-General Jarrod ... More »

The costs of incarceration

Paul Rodan reponds to Paul Mazerolle, concluding that 'it is certainly timely for voters to be reminded that the "lock them up and throw away the k... More »

A response to O'Malley: Fighting Crime and Waste of Money - the Cost of Retribution

Roger Scott speculates about the relevance for Queensland policymakers More »

Doug Drummond interview on changes to the CMC

ABC News interview 21 May 2014.  Queensland corruption fighter Doug Drummond says CMC changes 'very dangerous, very worrying'

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Andrew Trotter and Harry Hobbs: 'The Great Leap Backward"

Andrew Trotter and Harold Hobbs place the recent 'reforms' to the criminal justice system in Queensland in their historical context 'to illustrate ... More »

Dr Gabrielle Appleby: 'Politicising advice: a cautionary tale for all governments'

Dr Appleby writes in The Conversation that after Queensland solicitor-general Walter Sofronoff QC resigned he revealed his outrage at the conduct o... More »

Former CMC Chair 'pans watchdog changes'

Amy Remeikis, State political reporter, Brisbane Times, reports on Robert Needham's submission to the Legislative Affairs and Community Safety parl... More »

Mark Solomons and Steve Cannane - ABC Lateline report: Senior Barrister stripped of Government brief

In Feruary 2014 a senior barrister had his brief to act for the Queensland Government taken away just days after he criticised the LNP administrati... More »

ABC radio panel discussion on the 'separation of powers'

A panel of experts, moderated by Paul Barclay, discuss the doctrine of the 'separation of powers' on Radio National'... More »

Alex McKean argues that Campbell Newman is turning back the clock in Queensland corruption fight

In May 2014 Alex McKean argued in The Conversation that Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie and Premier Campbell Newman are defying lessons from other ... More »

Dr Terry Goldsworthy on the VLAD bikie laws

Dr Terry Goldsworthy argued in The Conversation, in Feburary 2014, that in an attempt to convince the public of the threat – and the need for... More »

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