We will adopt evidence based ‘smart-on-crime’ approaches proven to reduce offending and reoffending. Since 2015, our prison population has soared by 20%, with 44% of prisoners reoffending and returning to prison within 2 years. Existing major party policy stands to worsen this, whereas our whole of government approach will reduce reoffending and focus on the causes of crime. (Costings here).
— Prisons focused on interventions that prevent reoffending, not just warehousing criminals
— Youth Justice facilities that make the community safer by rehabilitating and reintegrating children into society, run by qualified educators
— Raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14
— Increased funding for diversion and early intervention programs that divert low level offenders away from crime and reduce reoffending by as much as 92%
— Compulsory youth drug-rehabilitation based on the What Can Be Done report recommendations
— Adopt the recommendations of the Victoria Ombudsman’s 2015 report into the prison system including an end to the re-traumatising routine strip-searches of women prisoners
— Cultural competency training for law enforcement agencies
— Ensure the criminal justice system protects and supports victims of sexual offences
— Introduce a spent convictions scheme for Victoria
— Amend bail laws to address the over representation of non-violent female offenders on remand
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