The courts have provided little guidance on whether politically-motivated crimes are better or worse than crimes from 'common criminals'.
The US is unique in its criminal punishment policies – as the recent sentencing of neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. demonstrates.
How do jurors use different kinds of information about mental illness when making sentencing decisions? An experiment finds that neurobiological evidence could harm or help defendants.
The British justice secretary's proposal to make short prison sentences a last resort is the right idea at the worst possible time.
Under new WA legislation, the state's attorney-general has the power to order serial killers and mass murders remain in jail, sometimes without judicial review.
New research found a disparity between the sentences women and men are given for offence when alcohol is an aggravating factor.
The Verdins principles affect the way offenders with mental health problems are sentenced in a court of law.
Remorse is a vital, but often overlooked and underused aspect of justice, for both the victim and the offender.
The enthusiasm around swift, certain and fair approaches to sentencing offenders may not be backed by evidence.
An overriding focus on increasing sentences may not necessarily be the best means of redressing the harm caused by sex offences.
In historic cases the potential for a sentence to rehabilitate, incapacitate or deter the offender is largely insignificant – leaving the focus solely on retribution.
The killing of a newborn baby by its mother is the most shocking of crimes - but more needs to be done to understand the mental condition of the women that do it.
The Supreme Court may soon hear a case on data-driven criminal sentencing. Research suggests that algorithms are not as good as we think they are at making these decisions.
The internet and social media have expanded the potential for more enduring forms of non-judicial punishment by way of continued denigration, humiliation and abuse.
Imposing significant restrictions on the liberty of a person found not guilty subverts the ordinary criminal justice process.
As a country that claims to uphold the human rights of all – including those before the law – Australia should take notice of international practice when it comes to life imprisonment.
The undeniable difference between men and women when it comes to committing crime should be reflected in a fundamentally different approach to the sentencing of women.
Detaining persons convicted of terrorist offences for lengthy periods after they have served their time could risk radicalising a section of the community who see the measure as unjust.
Biology is out of our control but can influence our behaviour. But should people be given shorter sentences because of their genes?
Approaches to crime that rely on punitive methods have proved to be ineffective and counter-productive. Rehabilitation programmes not only prevent crime, but are cost-effective and practical.