Warn­ing on child killer sen­tences

The Weekend Post - - News -

THE state’s peak le­gal body has warned against manda­tory sen­tenc­ing for child killers, in­stead call­ing for a cam­paign to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on how the courts work.

In a sub­mis­sion to the State Gov­ern­ment’s re­view of sen­tences for child killers, Queens­land Law So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Ken Tay­lor re­it­er­ated the group’s long-held stance against manda­tory sen­tenc­ing, claim­ing it pre­vented judges from “fash­ion­ing a sen­tence ap­pro­pri­ate to the facts”.

“The re­search sug­gests that if the com­mu­nity had ac­cess to com­pre­hen­sive ev­i­dence on crim­i­nal jus­tice sen­tenc­ing and trends and were prop­erly in­formed, they would be gen­er­ally sat­is­fied with sen­tenc­ing out­comes,” he said.

The re­view, or­dered by the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral last year, is due by Oc­to­ber 31.

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