The Council has examined the use of suspended sentences and whether their operation can be improved in any way.
The Council received this reference from the then Attorney-General in August 2004.
The Council released a Discussion Paper in April 2005. Extensive community consultations for the review were conducted and an Interim Report was released in October 2005 containing a set of recommendations.
The Final Report - Part 1 was released in May 2006, focusing on suspended sentences. The Final Report - Part 2 was released in April 2008, focusing on improvements to other intermediate sentencing orders. The Final Report - Part 2 also contains the Council's final recommendations on suspended sentences.
In its Final Report, the Council undertook to monitor the use and operation of suspended sentences. In 2007 the Council released a Statistical Profile on the use of suspended sentences, and in 2010 it released its Suspended Sentences in Victoria: Monitoring Report.
- Current Projects
- Completed Research by Topic
- Adult Parole
- Baseline Sentences
- Children and Young Offenders
- Community Correction Order Monitoring
- 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