Australians have less faith in justice

Geeshe Jacobsen; 24/11/09

Australians are less confident in their justice system than residents in 26 out of 36 nations – and confidence has been falling for years. More than eight out of 10 people surveyed had no or very little confidence in the ability of the prison system to rehabilitate prisoners or deter recidivism, according to the report by the Australian Institute of Criminology. Strong confidence in police is not matched by that in courts and the prison system. While 79 per cent of Danish citizens surveyed had ”a great deal” or ”quite a lot” of confidence in the criminal justice system, in Australia it was only 35 per cent. Canadians reported 57 per cent, British 49, and Lithuanians had the lowest confidence among 36 countries surveyed, with 19 per cent.