Criminal Justice

Pregnancy, Children, and Prisons

Pregnancy, Children, and Prisons Pregnant women and mothers of infant children who are being sentenced for criminal offences pose a particularly challenging and emotive set of factual circumstances. There are any number of reasons why women may be sentenced for...

Sentencing Book

Standard Sentences: What They Mean and How They are Applied

Standard Sentences: What They Mean and How They are Applied The Standard Sentence Scheme was introduced in Victoria by the Sentencing Amendment (Sentencing Standards) Act 2017 (Vic) in February 2018. This amendment essentially abolished the former Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences)...

Victoria Police

Defund the Police

Defund the Police In 2017-18, in a knee-jerk reaction to an exceptional event, the Victorian Government overhauled the Bail Act. It was acknowledged at the time that the bail laws were already the most restrictive in Victoria, and the purpose...

Spent Conviction

Spent Convictions – Finally Here

Spent Convictions – Finally Here The Victorian parliament recently passed the Spent Convictions Bill 2021 (Vic) (‘the Spent Convictions Bill’). The Spent Convictions Bill gives people who have been found guilty of criminal offences an opportunity to avoid that finding...