Crime and justice are the subjects of constant debate in Australia. Almost every Australian has views that he or she is more than willing to express on such complex questions as whether or not crime is increasing, how police efficiency can be improved, how courts should operate, and how prisons could be made more effective. But much of this debate is expressed in highly emotive terms and often without any factual basis or real understanding of how criminal justice systems work.
This book is the first serious attempt to provide the facts on crime, police, courts, and correctional practices in the six States and two Territories of Australia.
In his foreword, the then Commonwealth Attorney General, the Hon. R. J. Elliot, Q.C. described this book as '... a well compiled, well researched, and well documented volume' that '... provides a quick and authoritative reference right across the whole range of our criminal justice system'.