14 February 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on sports stars, criminals and a problematic cheesecake

| Genevieve Jacobs
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A cheesecake was an unfortunate casualty during an alleged home invasion in Chisholm. Photo: File.

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The Hoot is here and this week Ross Solly and Genevieve Jacobs range widely across what’s wrong with our criminal justice system, when sports stars get it right and a classic case of criminal misadventure involving a cheesecake and a very unusual hiding place for a set of ute keys.

Ross is a rusted-on Geelong supporter and was beside himself with excitement when the Cats picked up the premiership. Captain Joel Selwood’s behaviour on and off the field made the victory even sweeter.

READ MORE Cats’ Selwood shows that sports stars can also be the best of role models

It was in stark contrast to the chaos we sometimes see from homegrown sports stars like Nick Kyrgios, but also a reminder that sometimes sports stars do get it right.

The ACT has a long-held reputation for light sentencing, but are public and professional attitudes changing? Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold has been in the news this week after setting out to challenge what he believes were manifestly light sentences for serious crimes.

READ MORE Judges should heed DPP’s message on sentencing

ACT Police are also on the hunt for recidivist criminals – fittingly, as we have the highest recidivism rates in the country. Is there something fundamentally broken in our criminal justice system? And where have our hopes and dreams for the Alexander Maconachie Centre gone?

READ MORE ‘Well, you f**ked my cheesecake. Game on!’ Two men face court over ‘horrible’ home invasion

While home invasion is a very serious matter, one of the matters in court this week prompted puzzlement. It’s the convoluted tale of a cheesecake, a knife and some ute keys secreted in a very unusual location. What kitchen dish would you defend with your life (or a knife)?

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That was a hoot. We have the highest recidivism rate in the country, so Riotact should be asking why. This government claims to be the most progressive in the country, so why are the outcomes far below their promises?
The latest Productivity Commission report on Corrective Services shows-
The ACT has close to the highest level of prisoner employment, indigenous 86.6%, non-indigenous 87.8%.
The ACT has by far the highest % of prisoners participating in education services, at 68.5%.
The ACT has the highest cost, at $528.57 per prisoner per day. It’s $288.43 in SA.

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