Christian Grafl 1 Diversion in Austria: Empirical Data 1. PRELIMINARY REMARKS In this issue Marianne Löschnig-Gspandl introduced the new legal regulations for diversion in Austria, which have been in force since 1 January 2000. 2 Thus in my contribution I can confine myself to empirical data and will outline the application of the new rules in Austria in the year 2000. For reasons of space I have to limit my comments to the main findings. 3 Above all, I have omitted details on the regional distribution of diversion. First, results indicated that the application of the new rules of diversion differed according to the region. In western Austria the willingness to divert a suspect is, on the whole, greater than in eastern Austria. However, con- cerning sentencing disparities 4 the difference in diversional measures between the four high regional court areas in Austria is less marked. 2. POLICE REPORTS AND PENAL DECISIONS First of all it is necessary to assess the quantitative dimension of diversional measures compared to police reports on the one hand and formal sentences on the other hand. Table 1 exhibits, above all, the proportion between the number of people suspected of having committed a
European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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