New sentencing data just a few clicks away
Thursday, 7 January 2021
The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council has launched its first online Sentencing Trends tool, going beyond the usual web browsing experience to help the community find the information they want about sentencing.
Breaking down 15 years of data, the Council’s Sentencing Trends resource includes interactive graphs and information to support people in exploring sentencing trends for adults and children.
Council Chair, John Robertson said the online tool had been built to be user-friendly and easily accessible for all Queenslanders.
“Our Sentencing Trends resource aims to inform the community about the number of offences and offenders sentenced in the different levels of court, what types of offences adults and children are being sentenced for and, possibly of most interest to the community, what types of sentences the courts are handing down,” Mr Robertson said.
Short summaries of each chart provide context about the data which can be filtered to help personalise what people are looking for.
The first two data sets available on the Sentencing Trends resource cover a 14-year (2005–06 to 2018–19) and a 15-year (2005–06 to 2019–20) sentencing period.
Mr Robertson said the latest data from 2019–20 showed a decrease in the number of cases sentenced across all court levels which could be attributed to reduced court sittings as a result of the global COVID-19 health pandemic.
The Queensland Sentencing Advisory’s Council’s Sentencing Trends will be an ongoing project with content updated annually to reflect the latest available data.
The Sentencing Trends resource can be accessed for free on the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s website here.
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