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01 September 2014

Suspended prison sentences now banned in all Victorian courts

Coalition government says it is making good on its promise to make jail terms equate to jail time in the state

Melbourne remand centre

Victoria will become the first Australian state to completely remove suspended sentences.

Victoria’s rollback of suspended sentences has come into effect. Suspended jail terms are no longer an option for the state’s magistrates when handing down sentences for crimes occurring after 1 September.
This follows the earlier removal of suspended sentences as an option for judges in the state’s higher supreme and county courts, from 2011.
The attorney general, Robert Clark, said the government was making good on its promise to make jail terms equate to jail time in Victoria.
“The Coalition government has delivered on its commitment to fully and completely abolish suspended sentences and restore truth to sentencing,” Clark said on Monday.

“If a magistrate does not believe an offender should go to prison, the law will in future require that to be done openly instead of the law pretending an offender is going to prison.

Suspended sentences are being replaced by community correction orders, which can set curfews, restrict an offender’s movements and also require them to perform up to 600 hours of community work.

Victoria will become the first Australian state to completely remove suspended sentences.
A not-for-profit social services group has warned that the end of suspended sentences in New Zealand triggered a 23% increase in jail terms imposed.
Victoria’s stretched prisons would buckle under such an increase, according to the chief executive of Jesuit Social Services, Julie Edwards, and research showed those sent to jail were more likely to return.
“Many people risk getting unnecessarily caught up in a cycle of reoffending,” Edwards said.

“The removal of suspended sentences as an option for less dangerous crimes will not deliver safer communities.”