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BLOG: Bail reform & the return of Laura Norder

The stats on NSW prisoner numbers are appalling. One shocking figure that I saw last week from the University of NSW showed that there are more people on remand in NSW maximum security goals that there are sentenced prisoners. That’s right—there are more people not convicted than convicted in maximum security facilities.

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The need for Bail Act reform in NSW

Bail is meant to guarantee that a defendant, who has not been found guilty of a crime, turns up to court for their trial. It is not meant to be denied to people as a form of pre-trial punishment and it is not meant to be a complicated Supreme Court trial.

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Review of the Bail Act long overdue

Responding to news that the Government has ordered a comprehensive review of the Bail Act, Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge has said the review needs to address the systematic failure of the current bail system. “A review of the Bail Act is long overdue. The cost of the current bail system is unsustainable and the […]

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Police bullying needs to end

Greens MP and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge has called for an end to the practice of police in the Illawarra conducting bail checks up to three times a night, and has called for the new Police Minister Michael Gallacher to halt this obvious over-policing. “Bail compliance checks are an important part of the justice system. […]

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