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Sentencing trends for violent offenders in Australia

Abstract

This study seeks to identify factors which influence sentencing trends for violent offenders in Australia. The study is based on analysis of data from each state and the Northern Territory, and also examines the relationship between the incidence of violent crime and the penalties imposed; whether there are any specific factors with respect to Indigenous offenders; and the policy and research implications of the findings. The study finds, among other things, that contrary to general media and public perceptions, the sentencing of violent offenders is becoming tougher in all jurisdictions.

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