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Mandatory life sentencing for the killing of police



26 May 2011

Professor Mark Findlay says there is no convincing evidence that mandatory life sentences have any significant deterrent effect on those who kill police.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald in response to the O'Farrell Government's new bill, Professor Findlay says it is ''a pity that the new government's legislative agenda for criminal justice should be opening with what is largely something for appearances''.

''The murder of a police officer should be condemned.
"But if the families of police officers are meant to be comforted by this proposal it would only be at the level of retribution,'' he says.
''There is no convincing evidence that mandatory life sentences have any significant deterrent effect on those who kill police officers in the circumstances in which such murders take place."
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