India's prison system can teach us through its mistakes

By David Biles
Updated April 18 2018 - 11:44pm, first published May 2 2013 - 3:00am

In a previous opinion piece on this page in early April, I presented what I see as convincing evidence that Australian criminal justice systems in every state and territory are slowly but surely grinding to a halt. This worrying conclusion was based on the fact that currently just over 7000 people in jail are on remand while awaiting trial or sentence. Remand prisoners in Australia now comprise 23.4 per cent of all prisoners, which is extraordinarily high compared with about 40 years ago when they made up only about 10 per cent.