In light of Jill Meagher’s murder many are now asking what can be done to ensure that potential rapists and killers are stopped.
Some are calling for indefinite sentences but Frances Nelson, South Australian Parole Board Chief, believes that simply increasing sentences won’t solve the problem as almost all offenders will one day be released back into society.
Ms Nelson said the justice system should identify and target those convicted for “stepping stone” crimes, such as indecent behaviour and gross indecency, and force them into early intervention programs.
Research strongly suggests that many murderers and rapists progress through a kind of “graduation” in criminality committing minor crimes before committing much more serious crimes.
Michael O’Connell, Victims Rights Commissioner, and John Rau, Attorney-General, have support the concept of early intervention programs described it as interesting.
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