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December 20, 2013

Just Released: ID Scanners Research

The Australian Institute of Criminology has today released its latest Trends and Issues Paper ‘ID Scanners in the night-time economy: Social sorting or social order?‘. The paper, authored by Deakin’s Darren Palmer, Ian Warren and Peter Miller examines from a study undertaken in Geelong (Victoria) where mandatory ID scanning was introduced in 2007. The study aimed to measure the effectiveness of this scheme in reducing violence, as measured by reported assaults and emergency department admissions.

The findings reveal limited empirical support for claims that alcohol-related assaults in and around Geelong’s late-night venues have declined since the introduction of mandatory ID scanners. Click here to access the paper. 

In response to the Report’s release, several Australian newspapers ran articles on the findings:

Read an interview with lead author, Darren Palmer, and more details about the research here.

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