Investigating The Removal Of Objective Sentencing

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The increase in violent rapes and murders being committed by paroled prisoners in Victoria, such as those committed by Adrian Bailey in 2012, and Sean Price in 2015, have led to the tightening of parole laws, removal of suspended sentences, and introduction of new mandatory sentencing laws. However, while these laws can be an effective way of reducing crime, reducing reoffending by 17-20 percent (Helland and Tabarrok, 2007), they also are a departure from the doctrine of the separation of powers (Solonec, 2015). The purpose of this essay will be to assess how detrimental the removal of objective sentencing will be to society, through the implementation of policies such as mandatory sentencing, stricter parole laws, and the removal of…show more content…
The recent changes implemented by the Victorian government to the judiciary were spurred on by two violent murders at the hands of parolees. The first one was the murder and rape of Jill Meagher at the hands of Adrian Bailey. Bailey was on parole for a series of rapes, as well as the assault of one man. This led to outrage from the general public as many believed, including retired high court judge Ian Callinan, that Bailey should not have been on parole in the first place (Oakes, 2013). The outrage caused by Meagher 's death led to a complete overhaul of Victoria 's parole system, such as making breaching parole a new offence, the cancelation of parole if sex offenders or violent offenders recommit, and the doubling of resources for the parole board, as well as the introduction of mandatory minimum sentences for anyone who commits an act of 'gross violence '. Around the same time next year, the Liberal government in Victoria removed suspended sentences, as they wanted to make jail terms handed down by judges equate to jail time (Challinger, 2014). Sean Price 's violent murder of Masa Vukotic was the final catalyst for change in the Victorian justice system. Vukotic 's death led to a review being launched by the Andrew 's government into how it could of happened. The review, headed by former supreme court judge David Harper,
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