Social Justice    CHURCH'S CRIME STUDY VINDICATED
A Criminal Justice Commission report released last week has vindicated a joint study released earlier this month by Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and Catholic Prison Ministry.
   The study, 'Broken Laws or Broken People', calls on the Queensland Government to consider restorative justice as an alternative way of dealing with minor crime such as fine defaulting.
   Catholic Prison Ministry coordinator, Denise Foley, said figures releasd in the CJC report had been used in the study, which had been produced in kit form.
   "It is pleasing to see that the CJC report backs up our study," she said.
   "The report discloses that prisoner numbers have more than doubled in Queensland in the past six years despite the fact that crime is not increasing at the same rate. This is also shown in our study."
   The CJC report said Queensland's average daily jail population was expected to increase to 6000 in the next two years, with up to $100 million needed to cope with the rising number of inmates.
   'Broken Laws or Broken People' calls for community service sentencing tailored to the offender and crime instead of jail.
   - Cath Leader
22/3/00

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