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Reducing the prison population: The challenge of pretrial services


Travers, M and Sarre, R and Bartkowiak-Theron, I and Bond, C and Colvin, E and Day, A, Reducing the prison population: The challenge of pretrial services, 14th Reintegration Puzzle Conference: Program, 20-22 June 2018, Hobart (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Despite the concerns of criminologists and many practitioners, states in Australia are investing in new prisons, instead of diversion, in response to a growing prison population. But at the same time, counter-initiatives that do not usually receive much public attention, have achieved some success. In this paper, we will consider the contemporary bail reform movement internationally and in Australia. Employing quantitative and qualitative methods, we will describe some aspects of bail decision-making in the four states of Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. We will also consider the political forces that have resulted in integrated pretrial programs in Victoria, but prevented their development in other states. Are such programs potentially transformative or will they only have a limited impact on the continued growth of the prison?

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:criminal justice, bail
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Legal systems
Research Field:Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems)
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Legal processes
UTAS Author:Travers, M (Associate Professor Max Travers)
UTAS Author:Bartkowiak-Theron, I (Associate Professor Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron)
ID Code:127349
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-07-23
Last Modified:2018-07-23
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