Go Directly to Jail: Not Always the Best Option

Dr Asher Flynn and Dr Bree Carlton

Dr Asher Flynn and Dr Bree Carlton

The broader implications of the Government’s populist law and order agenda are highlighted in a featured commentary piece in The Age newspaper (‘Go Directly to Jail: Not Always the Best Option’ 24 June 2013) by Dr Asher Flynn and Dr Bree Carlton.

Flynn and Carlton argue that a continued de-investment in justice, education, health and legal services at both the front and back ends of the criminal justice process, in conjunction with quick fix, populist legal reforms, will have serious implications for already vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals.

They maintain that this volatile combination will result in expanding prison populations, characterised by high rates of multi-level disadvantage, and a continued curtailing of due process protections and the rule of law.

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Dr Asher Flynn and Dr Bree Carlton work in Criminology at the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University.

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