Link: “Australia could free a third of its prisoners with little risk to community, new research finds

Original post found at: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/14/australia-could-free-a-third-of-its-prisoners-with-little-risk-to-community-new-research-finds

Bagaric, an expert in punishment, reviewed academic literature on the principles of sentencing, concluding there was “no basis” for thinking harsh sentences could deter specific offenders.

“There remains considerable uncertainty on the capacity of the sentencing system to rehabilitate offenders,” he said, citing rising rates of reoffending.

He proposed abandoning the pursuit of “unattainable sentencing aims” and instead aim for more proportional sentences, that is, that “the punishment should be matched by the harm caused by offence”.