Perception Of Crime

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The perception of justice in Australia is often that we are ‘soft on crime’. It is seen throughout the media on a regular basis, as murderers, rapists and other offenders get off on what one would call, ‘a lenient sentence’, considering the life changing pain they have inflicted on the victim and/or their family and the ongoing psychological damage they will suffer. However, is this just a picture painted by the media, or is this much more than a simple perception? The general rule in Australian law states everyone is innocent until proven guilty. This sees any of the accused to stand trial to prove their innocence, and from there the decision will be based on evidence given to the judge and in some cases the jury. This day and age it is common to see the public criticising the job done by the courts in relation to criminal justice issues. As one judge was quoted, “We as judges see the pain inflicted on the person before the court. The public tends to be unsympathetic toward people before the court. The sentence to be fair involves taking those things into account. But inevitably there is criticism. It is hard to get media coverage of the circumstances of the accused. The public does not want to know. The public is hard.” From that it can be seen that the public is bias towards the circumstances of the supposed victim and wants the accused punished without any regard to their situation. When it comes to a crime the community wants to be put at ease. They want someone convicted and justice to be served as soon as possible. However, what happens in the case of an innocent person being wrongly accused? This is called a ‘miscarriage of justice’. The United Kingdom has a Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) which investigates cases of alleged miscarriages of justice and refers them back to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration. “Miscarriages of justice are
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