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NCJ Number: 147738 Find in a Library
Title: DANGEROUS PERSONS: TO BE JAILED FOR WHAT THEY ARE, OR WHAT THEY MAY DO, NOT FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE (FROM SERIOUS VIOLENT OFFENDERS: SENTENCING, PSYCHIATRY, AND LAW REFORM, 1991, P 39-45, SALLY-ANNE GERULL AND WILLIAM LUCAS, EDS. - SEE NCJ-147734)
Author(s): R Merkel
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
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United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: In Victoria, Australia, the case of Garry David prompted the Parliament to pass the Community Protection Act (1990) to provide the courts a means of preventively detaining a specific offender deemed to be extremely dangerous and a threat to the community.
Abstract: This author argues that there is a fundamental flaw in a system that jails dangerous persons past the time set for their release. A violent person entering the prison system is bound to become even more violent inside unless the state takes steps to treat the offender and help him readjust into society. The Act demonstrates the failing of the system to do this; it was only a short-term fix to the unsolved problem of community protection. It dispensed with medical privilege, eliminated the rules of evidence, and allowed the case to be decided based on probabilities. The solution to reducing the risk posed by dangerous individuals to a society is to begin rehabilitation within the prison system from the beginning of an offender's sentence and through the period of parole. 1 reference
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Corrections; Crime prevention planning; Dangerousness; Foreign courts; Foreign criminal justice systems; Preventive detention; Psychopaths; Victoria; Violent offenders
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