Sentencing at heart of Victorian youth crisis, say cops

Sentencing at heart of Victorian youth crisis, say cops, by Sam Buckingham-Jones.

The head of Victoria’s police union and the state’s Victims of Crime Commissioner have lashed lenient sentences handed out by the state’s courts, as it emerges most African youths sentenced for violent crimes in the past year were given average or below average punishments ­despite Premier Daniel Andrews repeatedly insisting they would feel the “full force of the law”.

Analysis by The Weekend Australian reveals that of the 17 offenders of Sudanese, South Sudanese or Kenyan descent who were sentenced in Victorian county courts in the past year, only two were given sentences above the average for the crime. In one case, despite the offender having 15 prior convictions, he was fined $100 and given a 188-day sentence after being charged with a theft and an affray that involved him stealing a 30cm knife and using it to stab another man in the leg in a brawl. …

Other offences committed by young African men that were given below-average sentences ­included armed robbery, theft, causing serious injury, indecent assault, theft, reckless conduct ­endangering life, affray and ­robbery. …

PC word-smithing to the rescue:

Victims of Crime Commissioner Greg Davies said the “therapeutic jurisprudence” approach of the past 30 years did not appear to be working. …

The lay person’s definition of ‘the full force of the law’ is not necessarily the same definition as the courts.

We call that “lying,” because we were deceived by their words.

hat-tip Stephen Neil