Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 1, April

Disbelieving Suspense: Suspended Sentences of Imprisonment and Public Confidence in the Criminal Justice System
This article examines the ambivalent nature of suspended sentences of imprisonment and public reactions to them. In Australia, and elsewhere, they have created confusion, have been in and out of political and judicial favour and have been repeatedly...
Does Indigeneity Matter? Sentencing Indigenous Offenders in South Australia's Higher Courts
In Australia, research investigating Indigenous differences in sentencing is limited. This study examines the impact of offenders' Indigenous status on the decision to imprison and length of imprisonment in South Australia's Higher Courts. Results...
Intersections between In-Court Procedures and the Production of Guilty Pleas
In Australia (as elsewhere) most criminal defendants plead guilty and do not contest the charges at trial. Our research suggests that guilty pleas can result from ah intersectional process, in which in-court events interact with out-of-court activities...
Notes on a Scandal: The Official Enquiry into Deviance and Corruption in New Zealand Police
Since 2004, the New Zealand Police Service has been engulfed by a series of scandals relating to allegations that officers have committed rape and sexual assault and conducted inappropriate sexual relations with vulnerable people. Moreover, it has...
Offenders' Perceptions of the Sentencing Process: A Study of Deterrence and Stigmatisation in the New South Wales Children's Court
The criminal court system remains society's pre-eminent response to criminal activity, despite recent innovations such as youth justice conferences. Little is known, however, about the impact of an appearance before court and, in particular, whether...
The Weight of the Sword of Damocles: A Reconviction Analysis of Suspended Sentences in Tasmania
Suspended sentences are a widely used but controversial sentencing disposition. This article presents reconviction rates for all sentences imposed over a 2-year period in the Tasmanian Supreme Court, as well as examining different outcomes on the basis...