We have to guard against re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams fall­ing vic­tim to cost-cut­ting

The Advertiser - - OPINION -

on is the state’s only pri­vately run cus­to­dial cen­tre, and ap­pears to have op­er­ated suc­cess­fully since it opened in 1995. This may be partly due to the lower se­cu­rity level at which it op­er­ates, but it does pro­vide some re­as­sur­ance.

A re­cent Sydney Univer­sity study found there was not enough pub­licly avail­able in­for­ma­tion to know whether or not pri­vate or pub­lic pris­ons are a bet­ter ap­proach to de­liv- been in­flu­enced by pri­vate sec­tor lob­by­ing de­signed to max­imise im­pris­on­ment lev­els. It would be dis­as­trous if Aus­tralian pri­vate op­er­a­tors wielded that kind of in­flu­ence.

While the ef­fi­cient use of tax­payer’s money is a wor­thy aim, it is most im­por­tant that any sav­ings do not come at a cost to the com­mu­nity as a whole. TIM MEL­LOR IS THE LAW SO­CI­ETY OF SA PRES­I­DENT

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