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Calls for ACT govt funding boost to Drug and Alcohol Sentencing List as territory's prisoner costs remain nation's highest

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By Toby Vue
Updated May 15 2022 - 10:07am, first published May 14 2022 - 7:30pm
Former ACT Bar Association president and longtime practitioner John Purnell SC has been vocal about the need for more resources for the ACT Drug and Alcohol Sentencing List, which offers eligible offenders an alternative to full-time jail. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

The community would be worse off if one of the ACT's therapeutic courts does not receive "immediate injection" of funds to reverse its hiatus and to re-prioritise rehabilitation because it costs more to have an offender in jail, a former ACT Bar Association president says as the territory's prisoner costs remain the highest in the country.

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Toby Vue

Court reporter

Toby Vue joined The Canberra Times in April 2021 and is a court reporter after covering the round in NSW and Queensland. He has also reported on regional and rural affairs, local government and sport. He was a Sunday Canberra Times reporter. Email: t.vue@canberratimes.com.au.