Tougher bail rules put more in jail

By David Biles
Updated April 18 2018 - 10:50pm, first published May 25 2012 - 3:00am

In my last published opinion piece in this newspaper I made the point that the decrease in Australian prisoner numbers since the peak in April 2010 had been greatest in NSW, where the fall had been nearly 10 per cent up to December 2011. I went on to suggest that this was no doubt the result of the new policy being pursued by the O'Farrell government. The numbers are correct and may be confirmed by reference to the Bureau of Statustics data issued in March, but my opinion that the decrease was due to the new policy of the O'Farrell government may have been premature.