Two stories from the ABC dovetail nicely.
The first is that our prisoners are the most expensive in the country:
The annual Report on Government Services has found each prisoner is costing the Territory more than $600 per day.
Consistent with those expenses, prisoners in the Alexander Maconochie Centre have the highest rates of education, training, and employment.
Prisoners in the ACT also spend more time out of their cells.
The report also found the ACT’s judicial system ranks as the third most expensive per person in the country, with only the Northern Territory and Western Australia paying more.
But the good news is our courts don’t like finding people guilty:
The ABS has compared data from the courts in each state and territory for the last financial year.
It shows the ACT had the lowest percentage of defendants proven guilty, at just 65 per cent.
That is well below the national average of nearly 90 per cent.
That is largely due to the fact one in five cases were withdrawn by the Department of Public Prosecutions during proceedings, nearly three times more often than the national average.
So it all works out in the end?