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Private prisons in Australia

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 36

Richard W Harding
ISBN 0 642 17518 7 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 1992


The debate surrounding private prisons has highlighted several misconceptions about privatisation, including its possible effects on the public prison system. Harding clarifies these issues. He defines privatisation, describes the pressures leading to privatisation and outlines its hazards and benefits. He provides a case study of deeply flawed privatisation (the Tallong Wilderness Progam) and explores how Borallon and Junee are seeking to avoid these hazards.