Court delays mean more jail time for innocent

Sydney Morning HeraldGeesche Jacobsen and Nick RalstonOctober 26, 2010   More than 1400 adults and children who were never convicted of a crime were imprisoned last year, some for months, and the time people spend behind bars before being cleared by the courts is getting longer.   While court delays overall have fallen in most…More

‘Electronic bail’ to keep accused out of prison

Joel Gibson LEGAL AFFAIRSSydney Morning HeraldOctober 14, 2010 PEOPLE who have been charged with a crime but not yet tried or convicted could be granted bail and monitored electronically under a proposal to take the sting out of the debate over bail laws. ”E-bail” or ”e-remand” has been an effective alternative to locking up the…More

Sentenced to the sofa – call for more home detention

Angela KamperThe Daily TelegraphSeptember 09, 2010 JUDGES are being encouraged to sentence more prisoners to home detention despite a shortfall in “field visits” by corrective services staff meant to check on them. Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat said detention, which was cheaper than jail, should be more widely used and plans drawn up for offenders to receive…More

State unit accused of spying on parolees

Patrick Wright and Wendy CollisSydney Morning Herald, August 9, 2010 A SECRETIVE compliance group established by the NSW Department of Corrective Services has been accused of harassing and spying on thousands of prison parolees, while detecting few breaches of parole conditions. Lawyers and human rights advocates have attacked the Community Compliance Group for demanding on-the-spot…More

Contrasting media coverage of home detention

It is a good time to be writing to politicos about home detention. The moderate: Death sentence for periodic detention Sean Nicholls and Geesche Jacobsen June 11, 2010 – 3:00AM WEEKEND detention will be scrapped in NSW and replaced with a system of community-based treatment and monitoring orders in an overhaul designed to bring down…More