'Why Prison? Why Not?' Forum May 2014

A capacity audience attended the Council’s 10th anniversary public forum ‘Why Prison? Why Not?’ at Monash University Chambers, Melbourne, on Monday 12 May as part of Law Week 2014.

Responding to intense community and media debate in Victoria about the role and value of prison, the forum considered imprisonment in the context of all available sentencing options and different approaches to criminal justice.

Deputy Chair of the Council, Lisa Ward, introduced four distinguished speakers and facilitated the audience discussion.

Transcripts of presentations and the questions and discussion with the audience are available for download on this page along with the slide presentations given by Professors Freiberg and Brown.

Welcome and Introduction
Lisa Ward, Deputy Chair, Sentencing Advisory Council.

When Prison? When Not?
Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg, Monash University and Chair of the Victorian and Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Councils.

Justice Reinvestment
Emeritus Professor David Brown, Chief Investigator for Australian Justice Reinvestment Project, UNSW.

What Victims Need
Ms Carmel Arthur. Carmel is not only a victim of crime but has worked with many victims of crime. She advocates for better outcomes for the treatment of victims and their families through the criminal justice process.

Therapeutic Jurisprudence
Magistrate David Fanning, Neighbourhood Justice Centre.

Audience Discussion