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Judge Steven Alm pioneered the HOPE project, the first of scores of swift and certain sanction programmes in the US. Youtube/PBS screenshot

Swift and certain sanctions: does Australia have room for HOPE?

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.
Community payback has a nice ring to it. But payback to whom? Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Probation for profit is a nail in the coffin for offender rehab

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…

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