From prison hulks to penalties and sentences in Queensland: lessons learned or history repeated?

Mackenzie, Geraldine (2005) From prison hulks to penalties and sentences in Queensland: lessons learned or history repeated? Queensland Lawyer, 25 (4). pp. 181-192. ISSN 0312-1658

Abstract

Understanding the history of crime and punishment allows a better contextual knowledge of current issues in sentencing. This article explores the background to modem sentencing law in Queensland, looking at the history of punishment in Britain, in particular what led to transportation, and Queensland's history of crime and punishment as a colony. It argues that the harsh beginnings of Queensland as a penal colony were significant in the development of criminal law in that State. A number of underlying themes recur, including law and order concerns and prison overcrowding, which have not abated in modern times.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version unavailable.
Depositing User: Mrs Cynthia Douglass
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 24 May 2009 13:07
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 02:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: Queensland legal history; history of punishment; transportation; Queensland colony
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180120 Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5049

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