Why are so many behind bars?

By David Biles
Updated April 19 2018 - 8:08am, first published November 7 2013 - 3:00am

The latest quarterly report on Australian corrective services released by the Bureau of Statistics in early September contains many facts that should be of concern to anyone interested in fairness, equity and value for money in the operation of our criminal justice systems. The report brings the data on the numbers of prisoners and of people serving non-custodial correctional orders up to the June quarter of 2013 and emphasises changes that have occurred in the previous 12 months.

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