Warning on child killer sentences
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.