Criminal Justice Can Never Be An Arm Of The Welfare State

This piece originally appeared in The Australian on 17 February 2017.

Crime is caused by people who decide to commit crimes. It is not caused by society. The criminal justice system exists to punish criminals and protect the community, not to fix societal ills.

This is a very simple principle. But it bears restating because it seems to have eluded Rob Hulls in his commentary, published in these pages last week, on our criminal justice report. Continue reading