Getting out of jail may no longer be free.
The US is facing a silent crisis on prison probation, and the UK is following its lead.
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.
The coalition got off to a rocky start on crime with the 2011 riots.
The government faced civil unrest almost as soon as it came to office. Then it decided to cause some disruption of its own.
Community payback has a nice ring to it. But payback to whom?
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A very significant moment in the history of the UK criminal justice system passed when the government forced through the first stage of its privatisation of probation services. Since then there has been…