The “changes” proposed by Attorney General Rau to home detention are completely illusory. No responsible judicial officer would presently impose home detention if he or she thought that it would “lead to a loss of public confidence in the administration of justice”. So making that a pre-condition to imposing home detention in the future is simply a statement of the bleedin’ obvious. The emphasis on the length of the non-parole period is also misguided. The touchstones should be the nature of the offence, its degree of seriousness and criminality and the impact on victims.
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