The Bail Project is a new bail system which will give bail to people with pre-existing conditions who have already spent time in jail.
It will also see the creation of a National Fund for the Development of Communities, which will provide a financial injection to areas that are not yet considered to be low risk.
It is being touted as the latest step in a bid to improve Australia’s jail population and tackle violent crime.
It is part of a broader push by the Coalition to reform Australia’s justice system and ensure the state is more sustainable and accountable.
“The Bail Plan is a real step forward to reduce the prison population and ensure that there are fewer people in prison and that people are more likely to get bail,” said Justice Minister Michael Keenan.
The National Fund is set to start in the first quarter of 2020 and will be used to support the development of new areas and communities in the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
The Bails are designed to be a “sensible, cost-effective, and compassionate solution for those facing serious criminal offending”, according to the Department of Justice.
It will be designed to provide for people to spend time in community corrections and to reduce crime and violence by encouraging them to work to improve their own lives and their communities.
The project has been met with mixed reviews.
While some argue the system is a good idea, others are concerned about the long-term effects of the bail system.ABC News has sought to engage with the Bail Coalition about the issues raised, but has yet to receive a response.ABC Fact Check also has been asked about the Bails and the system but has not received a response at the time of publishing.
Topics:justice-and-imprisonment,state-parliament,criminals-and_women,human-interest,crime,law-crime-and–justice,criminology,federal-government,tas,australiaFirst posted October 05, 2020 16:47:08Contact Emily PankhurstMore stories from Australia