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Victims Commissioner: ‘Lenient regime’ does nothing to prevent crime

Victims of Crime Commissioner Greg Davies has likened the Victorian judicial system to a “broken record” which does nothing to deter criminals, hinders police and fails victims.

Speaking with Tom Elliott, Mr Davies said something different needs to be done.

“As long as I can remember I’ve been saying what we are doing equates to Einstein’s theory of madness, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome,” he said.

“We’re not getting that outcome and we haven’t for many years.

“There’s very little deterrent factor for young offenders.”

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Mr Davies said police officers are fed up with lenient sentencing for young offenders, and seeing the same result over and over again.

“It becomes like a broken record, they take a young offender into court and they’re laughing on the way in and they’re laughing on the way out,” Mr Davies said.

“It seems like we have a fairly lenient regime operating at the moment and it doesn’t seem to doing anything to prevent crime or to prevent innocent people from becoming victims of that crime.”

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