Contemporary comments: The limited benefit of prison in controlling crime

Brown, David (2010) Contemporary comments: The limited benefit of prison in controlling crime. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 22(1), pp. 137-148.

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Abstract

A number of recent developments in the United State (US), United Kingdom (UK) and Australia suggest that conditions may be ripe for a political shift in the reliance on escalating rates of imprisonment as a default criminal justice strategy for responding to crime. The default position is illustrated by the Yabsleyite response of former New South Wales (NSW) Premier Nathan Rees’s to questioning over the cost of prison building and NSW’s high recidivism rate: ‘[t]he advice to me is we have still got 500 cells empty, I don't mind if we fill them up, and if we fill them up and have to build another jail, we'll build another jail’ (Knox and Tadros 2008)...

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ID Code: 67872
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Criminal law, Criminal procedure, Criminals, Criminal justice, administration of
ISSN: 1034-5329
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 David Brown
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2014 04:13
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 01:55

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