Goodwin rejects appeals rise

Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin
Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin

THE state government says it does not anticipate a rise in court appeals despite its "tough on crime" proposals.

The measures include mandatory jail for unlawful protests, serious police assaults and child abuse along with the axing of suspended sentences.

Police numbers will also be increased by more than 100 officers under the plan.

Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin said abolishing suspended sentences would not increase appeals because they will be replaced with other penalty options.

So far options that Ms Goodwin has mooted are home and periodic, such as weekend, detention and deferred sentences.

The latter option is similar to suspended sentences in that it requires offenders to abide by conditions or risk going to jail.

The government's also gambling that the tougher compulsory penalties act as a deterrent and lower prison rates for those offences.

"We want as few of these offences to be occurring as possible and we believe that appropriate mandatory minimum sentences will act as a powerful deterrent to reduce the number of these offences," Ms Goodwin said.

The Law Society of Tasmania said it was inevitable that some programs would face the axe if the government funds the new measures from the existing budget as it had stated in the past.

"The real cost of the policy will be on the huge expense of imprisoning greater numbers of offenders who might otherwise be rehabilitated," society president Anthony Mihal said.

"Without the option of a suspended sentence, more offenders will be faced with actual terms of imprisonment."


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