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July 2, 2008

Seeking better sentencing through better technology Down Under

This article from Austrailia highlights another country that is using modern technology to try to achieve a more fair and effective sentencing system.  Here are some of the details from the article:

Magistrates and judges are likely to have access to "live" sentencing statistics online when a major overhaul of the state's sentencing database is completed.

Sentencing Advisory Council chairman Prof Arie Freiberg said yesterday it was crucial that courts had ready access to current, accurate sentencing information. Prof Freiberg said an online database would enable courts to consult sentencing parameters when imposing penalties....

About 92 per cent of all criminal cases dealt with in Victoria are heard by the state's 110 magistrates.  But until now, no sentencing statistics had been available to guide them on current sentencing practices. "It's really important that we get that information to them, and it can assist them in their decision-making," Prof Freiberg said.

He said the council had received very positive feedback from judges now able to refer to a wide range of snapshots already published on sentencing trends in the County and Supreme Courts.

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