The Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie and the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey announced a state parliamentary inquiry into crime in Queensland in a joint statement on Thursday.
The Inquiry will investigate:
- Trends and types of crimes being committed in Queensland;
- The impact of crime;
- Contributory factors that lead to crime; and
- The effectiveness of crime prevention strategies.
In addition the Inquiry will also seek to hear the experiences of those involved in the criminal justice system, including victims and their interactions with police, the courts, prosecutors, support services, and the compensation process. The Inquiry will also examine potential collaboration between participants in the system.
Ultimately the inquiry will recommend measures to reduce crime and recidivism. The Inquiry will complete its report by 31 October 2014.
During the Inquiry, the Committee will be holding both public and private hearings throughout Queensland, as well as accepting public and private submissions.