The operation and effectiveness of Victoria’s criminal justice system will be examined as part of an inquiry that began today in north-east Victoria.
Victoria Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee heard from six witnesses at the initial sitting in Wangaratta.
Committee chair and Reason Party MP Fiona Patten said Victoria’s prison population was growing while crime rates remained unchanged.
“Something’s not working and it would seem very clear that we should be doing things very differently.”
She said the inquiry was overdue and described parts of the criminal justice system as “archaic”.
“There is no-one in the system who doesn’t say that it could be improved, who doesn’t say that it could be changed.
“So I am confident that we will see change.”
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