Judge Steven Alm pioneered the HOPE project, the first of scores of swift and certain sanction programmes in the US.
The success of probation programmes based on swift and certain sanctions has led to more than 160 such schemes operating in the US. Australia should consider whether the model might work here too.
Indigenous young people are 25 times more likely to be detained than non-Indigenous young people.
A new generation of Indigenous youth is being separated from their families and culture – this time by the force of criminal law that ignores the proven alternative of community-based justice.
The ‘lock 'em up’ approach largely ignores the victim.
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