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Parole populism: The politicisation of parole in Victoria

Parole populism: The politicisation of parole in Victoria Since the death of Jill Meagher in September 2012, political rhetoric has highlighted perceived issues with parole in Victoria, establishing it as an increasingly contentious issue in political debate within the state. The clamour to politicise parole in Victoria has been indicative of a broader trend in Australia, where a sweep of policy recommendations and recent reforms have seen a politicising of parole, such as the introduction of ‘no body, no parole’ laws. We contend a model of ‘parole populism’ has emerged in Australia that strips prisoners and parolees of significant rights, hampers rehabilitation efforts and fails to deliver on the promises made to the electorate. To highlight this, we explored the politicised framing of parole in parliamentary debates by employing a political discourse analysis of parliamentary debates in Victoria from 2012 to 2017. We argue the parole has become a focus of political debate in the name of prioritising victims, community safety and appearing tough on crime, which has resulted in divergence from the original purpose of parole. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Current Issues in Criminal Justice Taylor & Francis

Parole populism: The politicisation of parole in Victoria

Parole populism: The politicisation of parole in Victoria

Current Issues in Criminal Justice , Volume 31 (1): 16 – Jan 2, 2019

Abstract

Since the death of Jill Meagher in September 2012, political rhetoric has highlighted perceived issues with parole in Victoria, establishing it as an increasingly contentious issue in political debate within the state. The clamour to politicise parole in Victoria has been indicative of a broader trend in Australia, where a sweep of policy recommendations and recent reforms have seen a politicising of parole, such as the introduction of ‘no body, no parole’ laws. We contend a model of ‘parole populism’ has emerged in Australia that strips prisoners and parolees of significant rights, hampers rehabilitation efforts and fails to deliver on the promises made to the electorate. To highlight this, we explored the politicised framing of parole in parliamentary debates by employing a political discourse analysis of parliamentary debates in Victoria from 2012 to 2017. We argue the parole has become a focus of political debate in the name of prioritising victims, community safety and appearing tough on crime, which has resulted in divergence from the original purpose of parole.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2019 Sydney Institute of Criminology
ISSN
2206-9542
eISSN
1034-5329
DOI
10.1080/10345329.2018.1556285
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Abstract

Since the death of Jill Meagher in September 2012, political rhetoric has highlighted perceived issues with parole in Victoria, establishing it as an increasingly contentious issue in political debate within the state. The clamour to politicise parole in Victoria has been indicative of a broader trend in Australia, where a sweep of policy recommendations and recent reforms have seen a politicising of parole, such as the introduction of ‘no body, no parole’ laws. We contend a model of ‘parole populism’ has emerged in Australia that strips prisoners and parolees of significant rights, hampers rehabilitation efforts and fails to deliver on the promises made to the electorate. To highlight this, we explored the politicised framing of parole in parliamentary debates by employing a political discourse analysis of parliamentary debates in Victoria from 2012 to 2017. We argue the parole has become a focus of political debate in the name of prioritising victims, community safety and appearing tough on crime, which has resulted in divergence from the original purpose of parole.

Journal

Current Issues in Criminal JusticeTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2019

Keywords: parole; populism; politics; reform; rights; Victoria

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