Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (20:06): My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Attorney-General, and it relates to the involvement of courts in considering incarceration programs as part of sentencing. However, as it relates to prisons, there may be some crossover with the Minister for Corrections’ office as well. One of the key policy areas of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party is reform of sentencing laws. That does not necessarily mean giving longer sentences to offenders in a punitive sense, but it does mean looking at ways to improve sentencing for our offenders to achieve better outcomes. In my humble opinion, Victoria has some work to do. A fundamental flaw in the way we hand down sentences is that there is no consideration by a judge or magistrate around which prison the offender might go to. If imprisonment is determined as the best sanction, the decision of where that person will be sent to rests solely with Corrections Victoria. Obviously Corrections hold the information about which prisons are at capacity and which prisons are the right security level in respect of that offender, but these considerations come after the sentence is decided. I paraphrase the words of a senior Corrections staff member, who said they do not consider themselves an advocate for harsher sentencing but that it is a problem that some people do not have access to programs when they get there. They had just finished giving an example of where someone who had been found guilty of an aggravated offence could be sentenced to, say, six or seven months in prison. They might then end up at a prison which has a nine-month intensive anger management course. Given there is no legislative power to keep that person imprisoned for two months longer, they reluctantly would be sent to a prison with no access to any relevant programs to curb their behaviour. It is just unbelievable that a magistrate could sentence someone to an arbitrary sentence of imprisonment without factoring in any sort of rehabilitation service or access at all. In my mind, and in the mind of the community, despite prison being a type of punishment, there is also an expectation that a person will come out having completed rehab in some form. In terms of a solution, I would be interested in understanding how Corrections Victoria could play a part in providing regular advice to the courts about what programs are available and where. Defence lawyers and the public prosecutors could also submit their case in relation to where the offender is best suited to serve their incarceration. As we know, our recidivism rate is high, so if we can address the causal factors of offending whilst someone is in prison, there is less chance of them offending once they are released, and that importantly means less victims. The action that I seek from the minister is to provide advice around what the government plans to do to ensure that when an offender is sentenced to imprisonment their needs and access to relevant programs are considered as part of the sentence being handed down.