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Mandatory sentencing podcast

Mandatory sentencing podcast

By Law Institute Journal

Criminal Procedure Legislation Podcasting Sentencing 


How appropriate is mandatory sentencing? An LIV podcast explores the issues and is available for listening HERE. Host journalist Leon Gettler talks to Arie Freiberg, emeritus professor from Monash University and prominent legal academic, Meghan Fitzgerald, the social, action, policy and law reform manager at the Fitzroy Legal Service, and criminal lawyer and co-chair of the LIV Criminal Law Committee Mel Walker. The Victorian government has taken another step towards mandatory sentencing which will see Victorians found guilty of assaulting paramedics, police and other emergency and health workers facing prison sentences of up to five years. The new law scraps drunkenness as well as immaturity in the late teens as reasons to avoid jail. Assault of emergency workers has been upgraded to a category one offence, the highest order of offending. These offences have been put alongside rape and murder as a crime which will receive an automatic jail term of up to five years. It cannot be served in the community.

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