Victorian election resources

The Synod’s Justice and International Mission Unit have just released their resources for the next state election [to be held November 27].

The issues explored in the resource are prisons, alcohol reform, indigenous rights, mental health, water management, climate change and gambling reform. Each addressed issue has fast facts, current policy, the positions of the major parties, and questions to ask your local MP. The full resource can be downloaded here. It’s a great resource.

I really like that they’ve addressed some of the current rhetoric around prison sentencing. As the resource says,
• When people are provided with more information on a particular case — similar to the information a judge would have — they impose a very similar sentence to a judge.
• Suspended sentences are as effective as prison terms in reducing repeat offending rates (slightly more effective for people who have previously served prison time).