David Biles in the Canberra Times

Originally published in the Canberra Times in 2014

Banning smoking in Australia’s jails is a tough call, but worth trying

We have recently learned that NSW plans to end smoking in all of its jails by this time next year to bring it into line with Queensland and the NT. (originally published in the Canberra Times, September 4, 2014).

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First-rate Alexander Maconochie Centre needs a little work

I was more than happy to accept an invitation to visit the Alexander Maconochie Centre this month. (originally published in the Canberra Times, July 11, 2014).

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Remand numbers in ACT prisons remain a problem

In December 2012, I argued the so-called blitz in the ACT Supreme Court had not been the success it was claimed. (originally published in the Canberra Times, June 20, 2014).

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Is Australia becoming more punitive?

In the December quarter 2013 the daily average number of full-time prisoners in Australia was 32,240 persons, the highest ever recorded (originally published in the Canberra Times, May 28, 2014).

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Jail upgrade an expensive but essential move

More beds is not the solution to coping with the increasing numbers of prisoners in overcrowded jails (originally published in the Canberra Times, May 12, 2014).

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Is Transfield Services' $1.22 billion contract value for our money?

Hard questions need to be asked about the costs behind Transfield Services asylum seeker contract (originally published in the Canberra Times, March 10, 2014).

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Big changes needed to improve access to justice

There's scope for the role of judges to be changed, and more so for lawyers to do more pro bono work (originally published in the Canberra Times, February 24, 2014).

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Plan for mandatory minimum sentencing puts justice, fairness at risk

Mandatory minimum sentences have no place in a modern and professional criminal justice system (originally published in the Canberra Times, January 2, 2014).

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