Being 'tough on crime' does not pay

9 January 2009



Professor Mark Findlay welcomes comments by the NSW Opposition to "end the law and order auction" in an opinion piece in today's Sydney Morning Herald. 

"If we are spared another state election of retributive madness and punishment one-upmanship, maybe politicians can address the real issues of crime and justice in this state today," Professor Findlay writes.

"These are issues of overcrowded prisons, under-resourced courts, overstretched and undertrained police, and discrimination against our indigenous people.

"These are issues of domestic violence and child abuse embedded in our cities across all classes and cultures.

"These are tragic and dangerous issues of young male violence fuelled by alcohol, making victimisation an all too common characteristic of Friday out."

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