The Sentencing Advisory Council has released a report Sentencing Older Offenders in Victoria.
The report studies 30,033 offenders sentenced when aged 60 and over in the 10 years from 2010 to 2019 in Victoria, finding that:
- between 2010 and 2019, the number of older offenders sentenced each year increased substantially, well beyond the growth of people aged 60 and above in the Victorian population.
- the increase in older offenders in the higher courts was mainly due to an increasing number of historical sex offence cases. Almost one in five sex offence cases involving older offenders was sentenced 40 years or more after the offending.
- the increase in older offenders sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court was mainly caused by an almost doubling of cases of traffic/vehicle offences involving older offenders. The number of older offenders sentenced for assault and justice offences also more than doubled.
- the number of older offenders sentenced to imprisonment each year more than doubled between 2010 and 2019, which partly explains Victoria’s aging prison population.