Source: (2009) Australia and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2009: Conference Proceedings. Pg. 228-243.

This paper examines the rate of amendment of bail laws across Australian jurisdictions since the 1980’s. It examines stated justifications for those changes by Parliamentarians in a number of jurisdictions and seeks to provide insights into the increasing rate of legislative amendment in some states in recent years. The paper analyses whether Australia wide trends exist or whether the reasons for amendment are more locally based. It forms part of the ARC funded Australian Prisons Project grant. (Authors abstract)