Today’s release of various Department of Justice Annual Reports simply confirms what Victorians already know, that the justice system is broken under Daniel Andrews.
Respect for and compliance with the orders of our courts have reached new lows with just 57.7% (DOJR page 33) of supervised court orders and only 62.9% (DORJ page 31) of community corrections orders, being completed.
Meanwhile, reoffending by criminals on a community order continues to escalate, up from just 20.8% in 2013/14, to 33.1% in 2016/17 (DOJR page 31).
There is a legitimate expectation that offenders will work for the benefit of the community to help pay their debt to society, but under Daniel Andrews, he has failed to meet his own offender community work target by a whopping 98,000 hours. (DOJR page 33).
Things are no better in the prison system where the recidivism rate is up from last year to 43.6% (DOJR page 31), while Daniel Andrews has failed to meet key benchmarks for prisoner involvement in employment, education and delivery of service agreements (DOJR page 27).
For offenders who have their parole cancelled, a shocking 70% do so because of involvement with drugs (APB page 6).
The Adult Parole Board Annual Report also confirms that the cost and time blow out in the delivery of the critical comprehensive case management system, recommended by the Callinan Review and first promised by then Corrections Minister Wade Noonan to be completed by the end of 2015.
Finally, despite cutting police numbers per capita while crime rises, Daniel Andrews and Lisa Neville have been recruiting non-sworn public servants at more than three times the rate of police, proving yet again that when it comes to community safety, Daniel Andrews has his priorities all wrong.
Today’s reports confirm that Daniel Andrews has neither the will nor the solutions to fix the broken justice system.