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Mandatory sentencing

THE state government needs to plan for how to deal with more prisoners in our state’s correctional facilities, if it moves to change mandatory sentencing.

Regardless of your thoughts on mandatory sentencing, where it exists in other jurisdictions, there is an impact on custodial services if judges have no other sentencing options but to send someone to jail.

This is the case for legislation the State Government is keen to pass where Tasmanians caught with stolen guns will face a minimum three-month prison sentence.

If you think it’s a good idea or not, it will mean more inmates in our prison system, something the government needs to plan for. Its move to abolish suspended sentencing would have the same impact. Like any other area of the public sector, the CPSU asks the government to be proactive and plan for the future, rather than legislating and paying no heed to the future ramifications.

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