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