Crime and punishment in six Australian jurisdictions

H. Tubex

University of Western Australia

This paper presents the final findings of the Future Fellowship project on ‘Reducing imprisonment rates in Australia: International experiences, marginal populations and a focus on the overrepresentation of Indigenous people’. The project analyses data available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on crime and victimisation rates and patterns, sentencing and prison population characteristics in six Australian jurisdictions. These findings are contextualised in broader societal features that have been used in internationally developed models explaining differences in imprisonment rates in the developed world: welfare and penal economy; political systems; media and public opinion; the overrepresentation of minorities and post-colonialism. Jurisdictions involved are New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, The Northern Territory and Queensland.


Hilde Tubex received a four year Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council for her project: ‘Reducing imprisonment rates in Australia: International experiences, marginal populations and a focus on the over-representation of Indigenous people’. The aim of the study is to investigate the differences in imprisonment rates between Australian jurisdictions and to explore the relevance of internationally developed explanatory models for the Australian situation. A specific focus of her research is the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the Australian criminal justice system. She is based at the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Australia.


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