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New sentencing laws putting the community first

6 July 2017

The safety of the community will be front and centre when judges sentence offenders, under new laws passed by State Parliament today.

The reforms to South Australia’s sentencing laws aim to better protect the community while giving greater flexibility to the courts in sentencing to support the rehabilitation of offenders.

Under the new laws, courts will be able to impose two additional types of sentence: community-based orders and intensive correction orders

Background

Under the laws, protecting the safety of the community will be the main consideration in sentencing.

Intensive correction orders offer a further level of protection, while better supporting the rehabilitation of those offenders for whom a sentence of imprisonment is not considered appropriate.