VCOSS is applauding a shift towards bipartisanship on the traditional political battleground of ‘law and order’.
In recent days we have seen both major parties decry the phenomenal growth of Victoria’s prison population.
Both have acknowledged that simply locking up people—especially people who haven’t been convicted of a crime—isn’t the answer.
All the evidence shows this approach doesn’t stop crime and it doesn’t make us safer.
It just destroys more lives by throwing an increasing number of people into the quicksand of the prison system.
The recently launched Crime Prevention Taskforce—with representatives from sport, the community sector, media and business—is another demonstration of this fresh approach.
Only when we drop the ‘tough on crime‘ rhetoric and place the pursuit of outcomes above political advantage will we begin to make a difference.
VCOSS is committed to working with both sides of politics—and our partners across the community sector—to achieve this positive change.
We need to stop prison from being a turnstile for offenders – that’s why we’re bringing together community and business leaders in @VicGovAu’s new Crime Prevention Taskforce. Today was our first meeting – a great group committed to getting tough on the causes of crime. #SpringSt pic.twitter.com/mulbVmlFlG
— Ben Carroll (@BenCarrollMP) June 11, 2019