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Life imprisonment in Australia



The history of life imprisonment demonstrates that this sentence does not ordinarily mean imprisonment until death. Potas presents statistics on which offenders receive life sentences and the average term served. He compares indeterminate and determinate sentences, and discretionary and mandatory sentences, with special reference to murder and drug trafficking. He also discusses legislation; truth in sentencing; and recommendations that a prisoner never be released.

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Potas I 1989. Life imprisonment in Australia. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 19. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi19