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Preventive detention for 'dangerous' offenders in Australia : a critical analysis and proposals for policy development : report to the Criminology Research Council

Abstract

The management of dangerous offenders is of crucial community concern. This report focuses on the key debates concerning the policy and legal issues raised by post-sentence preventive detention. It provides an overview of current options for the management of dangerous offenders including indefinite sentences, management during sentence, and post-sentence detention and supervision, and analyses policy options for dealing with dangerous offenders. It also analyses the results of focus group discussions that were carried out in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne concerning three different management regimes for high-risk sex offenders: post-sentence continued detention in prison, indefinite detention, and extended supervision orders in the community. The report also considers overseas models and trends and it recommends that consideration be given to the new Scottish model of life-long restriction orders, arguing that post-sentence preventive detention should be seen as a last resort in the management of high-risk offenders.

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