Of­fender too of­ten the hap­less vic­tim

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

AS com­mend­able as the con­cept of ev­i­dence-based polic­ing no doubt is, it counts for lit­tle in light of the fact that the West Aus­tralian ju­di­ciary has clearly taken the view that the vic­tim of a crime is ac­tu­ally the of­fender and the poor, blame­less of­fender is the hap­less vic­tim.

This is borne out by the grotesquely le­nient “sen­tences” (or re­wards, in re­al­ity) rou­tinely handed down in our courts and the stub­bornly high crime sta­tis­tics pro­vided by this and other publi­ca­tions. Graham Luke Mitchell,

West Leed­erville.

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