Australia: Crime Without Punishment?
Violent criminals should have the option of getting together with their victims for a chat under a "crime without punishment" plan.
The Brumby Government has received a recommendation that so-called "restorative justice" be used in serious criminal cases.
The current restorative justice system is available only for young people charged with non-violent offences.
Offenders and victims get together to talk about the crime and its effects, and it is claimed the program cuts reoffending.
In a report tabled yesterday, the State Parliament's Law Reform Committee recommended it be extended to both youth and adult violent offenders, with the exception of sex and family violence offences.