This submission responds to the Yoorrook Justice Commission’s Issues Paper 1: Systemic Injustice in the Criminal Justice System.
The following submission focusses on:
(a) The need to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility;
(b) Victoria’s harsh bail laws;
(c) The pitfalls of presumptive and mandatory sentencing; and
(d) The operation and effect of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).