Some footballer’s son pleaded guilty today to a charge of recklessly causing serious injury for breaking someone’s nose and eye socket in a bar, and been sentenced to a six month Intensive Corrections Order. 12 hours a week for 26 weeks community work, plus other restrictions (and possibly other conditions, like assessment for programs to further reduce reoffending). A firm but fair punishment, since an ICO is considered a form of imprisonment served in the community, and at the higher end of the sentencing scale. The magistrate noted that “the public was concerned about violent assaults on innocent people and would want Wells severely punished”, which is what he did.
The Hun readers’ response?
Bill Jones of Melbourne Posted at 12:04 PM Today
Yeah Im sure this will deter the louts! … Victoria is a a joke
atticus Posted at 12:07 PM Today
Any time a person is punched in the head death could occur. Unprovoked assault deserves jail as a deterrent to others. Another example of our pussy justice system under labour.
Brendon Posted at 12:08 PM Today
What a weak sentence. What sort of message does this send to people? So dissappointing with such pathetic sentences.
No Justice of North Fitzroy Posted at 12:10 PM Today
Another slap o the wrist with the good old feather duster. Well done Magistrate Reardon that will put the fear of god into all the other thugs roaming the streets and bars of Melbourne.
Lurch of Rosebud Posted at 12:14 PM Today
What a farce! Another example of soft peddling on violent crime.
kerry of Melbourne Posted at 12:16 PM Today
So basically, he got off?
And so on. No, Kerry, he didn’t “get off”, he was sentenced to a form of jail – just one that involves putting something back into the community rather than just costing it money.
Seriously, I see a lot of Herald Sun readers in my day job, and very few of them think an ICO is “getting off” when it’s being applied to them. It’s bloody hard work – more so, in many ways, than jail.
It also has the following advantages for the rest of us in the community over jail:
- It makes the offender put something back;
- It costs a hell of a lot less than jail;
- It rehabilitates the offender a hell of a lot more effectively than jail;
- It gives Corrections an opportunity to monitor the offender in the community and make sure they’re learning skills and strategies for not re-offending whilst living in the community – if they do, they’re put straight into jail.
Basically, like the drug rehabilitation programs (CISP and CREDIT), corrections orders provide the community with fairly inexpensive methods of effectively reducing crime whilst also punishing offenders. And yet they’re mocked by people who barely understand what they entail as a “joke” and “soft”.
Why is the Hun-reading public so in love with jail? It’s expensive. It generally makes offenders a higher risk to the public when they’re eventually released. Do they like paying more to make themselves less safe?
I don’t think they’ve thought this through.