Suspended Sentences: Uncertain Unstable, Unpopular and Unnecessary

Arie Freiberg1
1Monash University, Malvern East, Australia

This presentation will examine the recent history of suspended sentence In Australia with particular emphasis on reforms in Victoria and Tasmania. It will outline the criticisms made of suspended sentences, namely that they are ambiguous, disproportionate, illogical, untruthful, discriminatory, inflationary, ineffective, unpopular and unnecessary. It will discuss the experience in Victoria following the abolition of the sentence in 2014 and the fate of the community correction order which was intended to replace a significant number of suspended sentences.

Arie Freiberg is Emeritus Professor, Monash University and Chair of the Victorian and Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Councils.


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