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And you know why: compulsory jailing and racism

John, Ah Kit


Much has been made over the last few months over the mandatory sentencing regime in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. However, the words ‘mandatory sentencing’ obscure what has been perpetrated by the governments of those two jurisdictions. ‘Mandatory sentencing’ is meaningless really: all judges and magistrates sentence those who are found guilty even if, in their judgement, circumstances are such that a conviction might not be recorded. It is a judgement and a discretionary...[Show more]

CollectionsNorth Australia Research Unit (NARU)
Date published: 2000
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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