Private prisons in Australia: the second phase


In 1997, the Australian Institute of Criminology convened a conference in Melbourne entitled “Privatisation and Public Policy: A Correctional Case Study”. The aims of the conference were to explore the public policy implications of the privatisation of corrective services, and to examine the issues surrounding appropriate service provision in a privatised system.

The issue of privatisation of prisons remains a subject of vigorous public debate.

Professor Richard Harding was a keynote speaker at the conference, and this paper eloquently outlines the issues and recent performance in this controversial policy area.

Paper presented at the Australian Institute of Criminology's Privatisation and public policy: a correctional case study conference (Melbourne, 1997).