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Private prisons in Australia: the second phase

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 84

Richard Harding
ISBN 0 642 24067 1 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, April 1998


Harding explores the public policy implications of the privatisation of corrective services and examines the issues surrounding appropriate service provision in a privatised system. He discusses the location and penal role of private prisons, contract arrangements, the purchaser provider split, and potential benefits of privatisation. (Paper presented at the Australian Institute of Criminology's Privatisation and public policy : a correctional case study conference, Melbourne, 1997)


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