Alternatives to imprisonment


This seminar highlights participants' concern that alternatives to imprisonment be available on as broad a basis as possible in every Australian jurisdiction. Organisations should involve themselves in educating the general public and the media as to the availability or lack of such alternatives, and the rationale for their use as alternatives to imprisoning offenders.

Summary report of the seminar is attached.


Proceedings of a seminar held 29-31 March 1978


  • Introduction
  • Opening address

    Mr W. Clifford
  • Setting the scene

    Mr C.R. Bevan
  • The concern for alternatives

    The Honourable Mr Justice Forster
  • Australian prison trends in the use of imprisonment

    Mr D. Biles
  • Attendance centres and Victorian alternatives

    Mr D. Room
  • Alternatives to imprisonment: some new dimensions in Western Australia

    Mr P.G. Eichfuss
  • Aspects of diversion - comments on the avoidance of imprisonment

    Dr J.A. Seymour
  • Alternatives to imprisonment for relatively serious crimes: day parole and split sentences

    Mr F. Rinaldi
  • Closing session
  • Conclusion
  • List of participants
  • Appendix
    • Australian prison populations 1945 to 1976: a draft answer to a Parliamentary question

      Prepared by David Biles and Marjorie Johnson