AbstractsLaw & Legal Studies

The correctional agencies of Tasmania.

by Mary Wendy Daunton-Fear

Institution: University of Tasmania
Year: 1965
Keywords: Juvenile detention homes; Prisons
Record ID: 1035529
Full text PDF: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/19473/1/whole_Daunton-FearMaryWendy1966_thesis.pdf


"There is a feeling that the traditional methods (of sentencing) are inadequate and that not enough has evolved in constructing alternatives Judges like Surgeons in an emergency must use the instruments to hand." (1) This statement made by Professor Radzinowicz expresses a realisation of inadequacy which is becoming worldwide. With the growth of psychology, psychiatry, criminology and the neighbouring sciences, current research has demonstrated only too clearly the "hit or miss" character of sentencing policies hitherto adopted by the Courts. It is now recognised that whereas a particular measure, such as probation, may completely reform one offender, another guilty of a similar offence and with similar antecedents, may abuse the trust placed in him by the Courts and pursue a life of crime with added confidence.