: Keeping things private?

Keeping things private?

Steven Castan
Western Australia

In further news relating to the continuing saga of Western Australia’s prison system, a leaked internal document from the Department of Corrective Services has raised more concerns by the state Opposition. The document, which investigates the possibility of privatisation of prisons and electronic monitoring of dangerous sex offenders in order to save costs, also identifies significant cost issues related to the privately run Wandoo prison. The prison remains only half full after more than a year of being run by the British firm Serco. The leaked document suggests that if the prison cannot be filled it should be closed. Controversy has dogged Serco, which also runs Acacia prison, after a series of escapes and alleged failings by the company. The Opposition, together with the WA Prison Officers Union, is against further privatisation and has continued to call for an open enquiry into the government’s prison transport contract with Serco.

STEVEN CASTAN is an Australian barrister.

(2014) 39(1) AltLJ 64
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