Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council provides independent research and advice, seeks public views and promotes community understanding of sentencing matters.

New report: Classification of child exploitation materials for sentencing purposes

Our final report into the classification of child exploitation material (CEM) for sentencing purposes has been released.

The key finding was classification needs to balance the requirements of police, prosecution and the judiciary to bring offenders to justice swiftly, focus finite resources on victim identification and protect officer welfare.

Among the 16 recommendations were to include the role of the offender and relationship to the child in the sentencing considerations used by sentencing judges; adopting a new 4-point approach and CEM analysis report to streamline prosecutions; and establishing a new role in Queensland – the eSafeQ Commissioner – to promote online safety for Queensland children and families.

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Latest podcast: Re-thinking imprisonment - the role of evidence in penal reform

This episode introduces extensive research conducted in the United States by Professor Todd Clear of Rutgers University, which involves detailed analysis of US incarceration rates over a 30-year period.

Todd discusses his experiences in how to best influence public and political debate about incarceration. He acknowledges the emotive nature of this topic but reasserts his firm belief that evidence can — and has — informed the prison debate by presenting statistics, individual stories and addressing preconceived ideas about offenders and community safety.

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Shaping the sentencing agenda

Missed our Sentencing Seminar with Professor Arie Freiberg on shaping the sentencing agenda?

The reality of modern politics is that sentencing policy is not always based on evidence: public opinion often demands change in sentencing policies that may be expensive, ineffective or counter-productive. Sentencing is an emotive issue.

Discover the importance of sentencing advisory councils in the criminal justice system and how their involvement helps to bridge the gap between the community, courts and government.

View the presentation (1 hour) or hear the podcast (20 minutes)