It is very clear our current approaches to law and order are not working and urgently need to be reassessed.
The current so-called law and order debate comprehensively fails to address the core circumstances that lead some people to offend. Rather than deal with chronic and sustained circumstances of poverty and disadvantage, we are locking people up at increasing rates. This is not only expensive; it does nothing to improve community safety over the longer term.
Alison will continue to advocate for an evidence-based approach to addressing offending behaviours, including investing in prevention and diversion. She takes pride in continuing the Greens’ long history of opposing mandatory sentencing; legislation which undermines the rule of law; legislation which removes judicial discretion; and legislation and policies which do nothing to address the root causes of offending behaviour. Progressing the framework of Justice Reinvestment is a key priority.