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A response to O’Malley: Fighting Crime and Waste of Money – the Cost of Retribution

Roger Scott speculates about the relevance for Queensland policymakers of findings from an article by Chris O’Malley in the Weekend Age (24.5.14), under an intriguing title which might need to be interpreted to antipodean readers not exposed to American television dramas: ‘A slice of pizza and a one-way ticket to the big house – the three-strikes law’.  O’Malley’s article reports on a significant shift in US public opinion about the effectiveness of incarcaration, particularly in light of the large number of inmates in America’s prisons, and increasing questioning of previous assumptions about the actual crime threat.  

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