RLC in the Media: Public vengeance against COVID offenders won’t make us any safer

Elyse Methven, UTS Law lecturer and volunteer with RLC's police accountability practice asks will hefty COVID fines make us any safer?

Some high-profile offenders have received hefty fines, and even imprisonment, for breaching public health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an understandable impulse in the community to support the severe punishments of rule-breakers after almost two years of lockdowns, restricted movements and heightened anxiety. But we need to ask ourselves: will a vengeful response achieve anything?

Read full article (Sydney Morning Herald, 24 December 2021)