Children who are first sentenced between the ages of 10 and 12 are more likely to reoffend than those first sentenced when they are older.
Victoria’s prison population has grown by 67% over the past decade.
People who breach family violence intervention orders are more likely to reoffend than the general criminal population, according to a new study by the Sentencing Advisory Council.
In 2015, only 0.6% of the Victorian population aged 10 to 17 received a sentence in the Children’s Court.
The abolition of suspended sentences has been a key driver of the increased use of community correction orders by Victorian courts.
The Council has released a comprehensive report containing recommendations for sentencing guidance in Victoria.
The Council has found inconsistencies in the approach to sentencing for offences of sexual penetration with a child under 12.
Victoria’s courts are increasingly adding community correction orders to prison sentences rather than setting a non-parole period.
Police and courts treat family violence more seriously, but fines are still a common penalty for breach offences.
Victorian courts’ use of community correction orders (CCOs) is rising steadily.