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Title: Crime & Punishment: Offenders and Victims in a Broken Justice System
Author: Russell Marks
Publisher: Published February 25th 2015 by Black Inc.
ISBN: 9781863957175
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If the goal of our justice system is to reduce crime and create a safer society, then we must do better, argues Russell Marks in this provocative and eloquent call for change. Drawing on his experience as a criminal defence lawyer, Marks takes us into the world of courts and jails, of offenders and their victims. The accepted wisdom is that severely punishing offenders reduc If the goal of our justice system is to reduce crime and create a safer society, then we must do better, argues Russell Marks in this provocative and eloquent call for change. Drawing on his experience as a criminal defence lawyer, Marks takes us into the world of courts and jails, of offenders and their victims. The accepted wisdom is that severely punishing offenders reduces the likelihood that they'll offend again. Why, then, do the criminal records of so many show a worsening of offending behaviour over time? What do we actually know about offenders and the reasons they break the law? Marks describes the alienated underclass which fills our courts and jails – and which also provides most victims of crime. For many offenders, prison will only increase their chances of reoffending. And, contrary to expectation, harsh sentences do not help victims to heal. Marks contends that our justice system, in which the accused are encouraged to admit guilt and simply accept ever rising penalties, must change. He makes the case for restorative justice and community correction, whereby offenders are obliged to engage with victims and make amends.

30 review for Crime & Punishment: Offenders and Victims in a Broken Justice System

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Coulter

    An incredibly lucid and readable account of the pitfalls of Australia’s criminal justice system- Russell Marks has here created a book any Australian with a social conscience or general interest in current affairs will find engaging. Avoiding too many technical terms or any overbearing depth of policy analysis, "Crime And Punishment" looks at the classical justice model employed in modern Australia, what is wrong with it, and what can be done to put us on the right track. Marks argues that we are An incredibly lucid and readable account of the pitfalls of Australia’s criminal justice system- Russell Marks has here created a book any Australian with a social conscience or general interest in current affairs will find engaging. Avoiding too many technical terms or any overbearing depth of policy analysis, "Crime And Punishment" looks at the classical justice model employed in modern Australia, what is wrong with it, and what can be done to put us on the right track. Marks argues that we are heavily entrenched in a model based on satisfying community outrage and tabloid fodder, rather than moving more towards rehabilitative systems (or “justice reinvestment” programs). By ignoring the conditions that create low-level crime in the first place and focussing on mandatory/reactionary punishments, we are doomed to perpetuate a cycle of jail and crime and are actually less likely to provide victims/victim’s families with any real sense of justice. This is a work of great compassion and insight, from someone who has seen the outcomes of the system he is criticising. If the rest of the Penguin “Redback” series (short books focussing on current affairs/issues within Australia) is half as readble as this, I look forward to devouring them all and gaining some new perpectives on issues we should all consider.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Em

    Sadly, this book is written for people who already agree with its argument that rehabilitation of criminals is more important than punishment. I agree with this, because, as the book says, rehabilitation reduces recidivism and is much cheaper. However, the book is written in a tone that implies all of this is already obvious and anyone who thinks differently is an idiot, and this is not really the best way to convince people of your argument. I wish the book were aimed better at the people who n Sadly, this book is written for people who already agree with its argument that rehabilitation of criminals is more important than punishment. I agree with this, because, as the book says, rehabilitation reduces recidivism and is much cheaper. However, the book is written in a tone that implies all of this is already obvious and anyone who thinks differently is an idiot, and this is not really the best way to convince people of your argument. I wish the book were aimed better at the people who need to read it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Keira Edwards-Huolohan

    [cw: talks about drug use, sexual assault, r*pists, child sex offenders and other criminal/criminalised activities] After having finished Angela Y. Davis' book, Are Prisons Obselete?, I was definitely open to reading more books that were critical of the current 'justice' system. This book had a lot of what I was looking for. It explores the problems in a 100% Australian context, which makes it much more relatable. It gave some real examples of alternatives that have been used recently, and talks a [cw: talks about drug use, sexual assault, r*pists, child sex offenders and other criminal/criminalised activities] After having finished Angela Y. Davis' book, Are Prisons Obselete?, I was definitely open to reading more books that were critical of the current 'justice' system. This book had a lot of what I was looking for. It explores the problems in a 100% Australian context, which makes it much more relatable. It gave some real examples of alternatives that have been used recently, and talks about their successes without ignoring the problems. I found this book to be really exciting and compelling and recommend it to all people who want to help reduce crime by actually looking at the social factors that are usually the cause. We need to create a better society and look at symptoms, rather than locking people away. Special shout out for the acknowledgement of how racist our current system is and the especially unfair treatment of Aboriginal Australians.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    3.5-4 Succinct and readable book that argues for an alternative to the Classical Justice System. Marks' argues that crime is a 'symptom' of disadvantage and therefore we as a society need to deal with crime accordingly in order to successfully reduce recidivism rates. A relatively easy read that gave a lot of insight into Australia's Justice System.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marc Boisseau

    An intelligent, lucid and well written book about the state of our justice system. Highly recommended.

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