Cara is a PhD student studying bail hearings in the Victorian context. She is from Wellington, New Zealand and previously did a BA(Hons) in Criminology and Political Science at Victoria University of Wellington.
Bail hearings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
Victoria, while often seen as a ‘progressive’ jurisdiction in the Australian context, has recently experienced huge increases in the prison population. Data also suggests that a significant proportion of this increase comes from more people being refused bail. Using the available literature on risk, and drawing from in-depth interviews with service providers and observations of several courts around Victoria, this thesis examines how risk is operationalised in bail hearings. I use the framework of intersectionality to draw out how social disadvantage is assumed as risky in this context.
Imprisonment, decarceration, prison abolition, intersectionality, state crime, sexuality and gender, critical criminology.