David Biles in the Canberra Times

Originally published in the Canberra Times in 2012

Wait for justice in ACT is criminal

A blitz on the court system this year (2012) was not the success it was made out to be (originally published in the Canberra Times, December 12, 2012).

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Cruise ship reading provides reflections on Australia's past

With time to spare on board ship, David Biles takes to the books and discovers a literary conundrum (originally published in the Canberra Times, October 29, 2012).

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No drugs in prison a big ask

A harsh regime to prevent contraband from entering would be worse than the existing problem (originally published in the Canberra Times, September 3, 2012).

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Truth is, lie detectors have no place in any civilised society

Police trialling the technology in Britain sounds a warning for the justice system here (originally published in the Canberra Times, August 15, 2012).

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Days of expert shopping over

The paramount duty of a witness is to the court (originally published in the Canberra Times, June 11, 2012).

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Tougher bail rules put more in jail

Remand in custody is not intended as a punishment (originally published in the Canberra Times, May 25, 2012).

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No excuse for complacency

While problems with jail systems in Australia pale by comparison, the US reminds us of the mistakes to avoid (originally published in the Canberra Times, May 7, 2012).

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Social control works wonders

The subtle conditioning you are subject to in an enclosed community - say, a cruise ship - ensures good order (originally published in the Canberra Times, April 20, 2012).

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Spin belies ACT crime rate

Canberra is not a safe and crime-free city, despite the rosy picture painted by some local politicians (originally published in the Canberra Times, April 7, 2012).

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When marines are over here

In nearly every case where troops are deployed in foreign countries in peacetime, a Status of Forces Agreement is negotiated between the two governments which, among other things, specifies how misbehaviour by the troops will be dealt with. This can be a very controversial and politically sensitive subject (originally published in the Canberra Times, March 12, 2012).

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Benefits of Bangkok Rules

Women have a tough time in prison but some improvement may come from a Thai organisation's initiative (originally published in the Canberra Times, February 12, 2012).

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The advantages of private prisons in Australia

Should we be proud or ashamed of the fact that Australia has a higher proportion of its prisoners in private prisons than any other country in the world (originally published in the Canberra Times, January 22, 2012)?

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A model prison system

The ACT's correctional regime should be a benchmark for other Australian jurisdictions (originally published in the Canberra Times, January 8, 2012).

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