The problem, Richard, is that the alternate approaches offered have …

Comment on Summer crime calls for thinking outside the box by Michael Dean.

The problem, Richard, is that the alternate approaches offered have the appearance of being soft on the offender and the victim of crime gets little or no support.
This difference is what feeds the view that the courts are too soft on people and that offenders get slapped on the wrist and told “you have been very naughty now don’t do that again” and they walk off laughing at the system.
Endless imprisonment cycles are not the answer, but the answer is also not academic training and networking to make civil servants feel elitist and powerful. This soaks up the money that really should otherwise be spent on the frontline.
This is why people feel the system works for the offender and not the victim.
The Aboriginal corporations that seem to have fantastic offices and plenty of cars going around town also need to roll their sleeves up and get more involved in all this.
I understand that many don’t want to be seen to be punishing their family but if a sense of fairness is wanted, it needs to be equally applied to everyone.

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Justice reinvestment? Give me a Bex someone. I can see the room starting to spin.

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