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Sentencing seminar

Has our approach to drugs gone to pot?

The number of offenders being sentenced for drug use in Queensland is sharply rising.

What lies behind the statistics, and what is the future for drug law enforcement?

This Sentencing Seminar looks at the penalties given to people whose criminal activities are associated with personal or social drug use.

We look at the first six months of Queensland’s Drug and Alcohol Court, which is targeting the underlying causes behind offending and provides an intensive response to adult offenders with severe drug and alcohol dependency.

We will also hear how current research shows the reliance on threshold quantities for drug offences may be problematic and might lead to sentencing outcomes that are disproportionate to the offence committed.

  • Magistrate Annette Hennessy, Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court
  • Associate Professor Melissa Bull, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
  • Professor Elena Marchetti, Deputy Chair, Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council

Date: 3 October 2018

Venue: Queensland Law Society Auditorium, Level 2, 179 Ann Street, Brisbane

Time: 4.30pm to 6.00pm (registration from 4.00pm)

Cost: Free

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