Victoria is the only state or territory in Australia that does not have a spent convictions scheme, which allows for minor convictions to be wiped from someone’s record after a period of time with no offending.
Under the Andrews government, Victoria is imprisoning more people than at any time in history. We are imprisoning women at the fastest growing rate in the Western world, with Aboriginal women – who face systemic racism – the most incarcerated group on the planet.
Throughout his short life, Martha Ojulo felt so proud of Liep, her “beautiful son, her right-hand man”. While she was at English language classes, the teenager would pick up his younger sister, Rouza, from school, ferry her home and prepare her dinner.