Community corrections changes could reduce prisoner number increase

By David Biles
Updated April 24 2018 - 8:06pm, first published March 8 2016 - 7:31pm

I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago when I received a message from a senior academic at the Australian National University, who suggested that he and some of his colleagues would like to have my views on the use of community service orders in the ACT. Specifically, he asked me to prepare an opinion piece on this subject, and also suggested that I "think about the issue of non-custodial sentencing options, how well they are applied and what they actually entail".