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Australia's prison rates are up but crime is down. What's going on?

By Rick Sarre, Emeritus Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, University of South Australia
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Imprisonment rates in Australia are currently the highest they have been in a century, despite a significant fall in crime, and the Productivity Commission is stepping in to determine why.

The commission is due to release research around imprisonment rates in coming weeks, suggesting this key component of the criminal justice system is not providing value for money.

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