Sentencing (ALRC Report 44)

ALRC Report 44 (tabled March 1988) represented the ALRC’s final work on the reference given to the Commission in 1978 and examined the sentencing and punishment of both federal and ACT offenders.

The report examined the public concern that existed about inconsistency in sentencing and the difference between the term of imprisonment imposed by the court and the period that was served in prison before parole.

ALRC Report 44 also identified that there were real economic and social problems with the sanction of imprisonment. The issues focused on in the report included appropriate severity of sentencing; rehabilitative goals and restitution for victims; inhumane, cruel or vengeful punishments such as capital punishment or corporal punishment; and consistency in sentencing.

View ALRC Report 44 on the AustLII website.