Does Imprisonment Deter? A Review of the Evidence
Deterrence is one of the purposes of sentencing in Victoria. It is also a topic of interest to many people in the community.
As part of its function to conduct research and disseminate information on sentencing matters, the Council has undertaken a research project on deterrence. The project reviewed the current evidence of the effectiveness of imprisonment as a deterrent to crime.
The research project involved an analysis of the theory behind deterrence and a synthesis of the current literature and the major research studies conducted over the last 10 years.
The Council released a report on its research on deterrence on 18 April 2011. Does Imprisonment Deter? A Review of the Evidence is available on this website.
- Current Projects
- Completed Research by Topic
- Adult Parole
- Baseline Sentences
- Children and Young Offenders
- Community Correction Orders
- Driving Offences
- Family Violence Contravention Offences
- Family Violence and Reoffending
- Female Offenders
- Gross Violence Offences
- Guilty Pleas in the Higher Courts
- Hatred or Prejudice
- Homicide Sentencing
- Indigenous Offenders
- Major Drug Offences
- Parole and Sentencing
- Preparatory Offences
- Prison Population
- Public Opinion and Sentencing
- Sentence Appeals
- Sentence Indication
- Sentencing Guidance Reference
- Serious Sex Offenders
- Sexual Offences Against Children
- Sexual Penetration with a Child Under 12
- Suspended Sentences