Sentencing Matters

This podcast series informs, engages and advises on sentencing issues in Queensland, nationally and internationally.

Episode 4—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 best to 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.

He also highlights the implications of prison for the children of prisoners and talks about the problem of intergenerational cycles of violence, substance misuse and imprisonment.

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Episode 3—The role of sentencing advisory councils in policy debate and development

Victorian and Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Council chair Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg discusses how councils are bridging the gap between the community, the courts and governments.

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Episode 2—Evidence-based sentencing?

Former California Supreme Court Judge, The Honourable Peggy Fulton Hora explores the topic of being smart on crime with evidence-based sentencing focusing on drug courts.

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Episode 1—What is sentencing?

In this episode, Griffith Criminology Institute researcher Rebecca Wallis discusses the principles and purposes of sentencing in Queensland. She explains that sentencing is a complex process—one that follows the law as set out in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992.

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