South Australia‚Äôs New Home Detention Laws Should Not Be About Coddling Criminals

This article originally appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser on the 28th of October 2016.

Lindsay Bassani, a former Education Department bureaucrat and football coach, was sentenced to home detention after stealing almost $10,000 from the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy. Despite being allowed to avoid prison, he is now complaining about his electronic tracking bracelet because of the stigma of being seen with it.

The fact that Mr Bassani is complaining is a good thing. It means he feels like he is being punished, which is precisely the point of his sentence. Continue reading