David Biles in the Canberra Times

Originally published in the Canberra Times in 2011

Caution on way ahead for sex offender registration

The West Australian proposal for registering sex offenders is a simplistic solution to a complex problem. Making personal details public is not the way to go (originally published in the Canberra Times, December 27, 2011).

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Are private prisons a cause for pride or shame?

It is not widely known but there was a possibility that Canberra could have had a private prison rather than one which is managed by the government (originally published in the Canberra Times, December 18, 2011).

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Tough fight remains to halt barbaric death penalty

The last time the death penalty was used in Australia was when Ronald Ryan was hanged in Pentridge prison in Victoria on February 3, 1967, for the murder of a prison officer during a daring escape with a fellow prisoner (originally published in the Canberra Times, November 30, 2011).

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Good news week for jail system

Setting in place a truly independent inspection process would reassure the public their money has been well spent (originally published in the Canberra Times, November 13, 2011).

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Why international prison transfers make sense

Being jailed far from home can have a psychological impact (originally published in the Canberra Times, November 6, 2011).

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Their vehicle is most dangerous weapon available to police

A comment on police car chases (originally published in the Canberra Times, October 25, 2011)

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Curse of unfair prison terms

Are some of the people in jail in Australia the subject of a wrongful conviction (originally published in the Canberra Times, September 30, 2011)?

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Sex offender registration system needs to change

Confusing paedophiles with under-age sex offenders is wrong (originally published in the Canberra Times, September 12, 2011).

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Two different states of justice

On the administration of justice in New South Wales and Victoria (originally published in the Canberra Times, August 28, 2011)

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Jail means offenders are out of harm's way

Something has to be done to reduce the risk of ex-prisoners dying once they are released (originally published in the Canberra Times, August 4, 2011).

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