Women adversely impacted by justice reforms designed for violent male offenders

Policies that have been implemented to rein in the threat of violent offending men in recent years are having a disproportionate impact on low level female offenders, according to a new report.

The report, released on Thursday by RMIT University’s Centre for Innovative Justice, draws evidence about women’s involvement in the justice system in Victoria, examining why there is an escalating imprisonment rate for women in the state.

According to the report, female offenders are being disproportionately affected by reforms implemented following episodes of public violence by male offenders. For example, rules around access to parole were restricted after the conviction of rapist and murderer Adrian Bayley.

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