Australia’s criminal justice costs: an international comparison

Find the report here.

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“Australians are spending more on criminal justice and getting worse results than most comparable countries, underlining the need for criminal justice reform across the country,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs.

Today the IPA released a new report Australia’s criminal justice costs: An international comparison. Authored by Research Fellow Andrew Bushnell, the report details the high costs and weak results of Australian criminal justice.

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The expensive problem with our prisons: why spending more doesn’t make us feel safer

This piece originally appeared on the ABC website on 8 August 2017.

Australia spends more on criminal justice than most other developed countries, but gets worse results. In world terms, we spend a lot on prisons and police but despite this, Australians consistently report feeling less safe than people in similar countries.

These are the findings of the latest report for the Institute of Public Affairs Criminal Justice Project, and they underline the need for criminal justice reform around Australia.

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