Private prison research in Queensland, Australia. A case study of Borallon Correction Centre 1991

This paper identifies the legislative and policy basis for the Queensland Government's introduction of Borallon Correctional Centre including the contractual and regulatory arrangements between the Queensland Corrective Services Commission (QCSC) and Corrections Corporation of Australia (CCA)....

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Main Author: Moyle, Paul
Format: Print Article
Language:English
Published: 1995
In:The British journal of criminology
Year: 1995, Volume: 35, Issue: 1, Pages: 34-62
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Summary:This paper identifies the legislative and policy basis for the Queensland Government's introduction of Borallon Correctional Centre including the contractual and regulatory arrangements between the Queensland Corrective Services Commission (QCSC) and Corrections Corporation of Australia (CCA). In July 1991, field research was conducted at Borallon Correctional Centre using a semistructured interview research methodology to collect data from 56 people from three organizations. The findings of this case study suggested that in the area of industrial and work issues, employees of CCA and Wormald were in a weak bargaining position with little input into decision-making. It was also found that the profit motive dominated policy formation in the area of training and programmes. Staffinmate relations were positive with few reported violent incidents, and communications were open. The issue for private contract management is whether it will provide the impetus andjor mechanism for progressive correctional reform. The paper, unfortunately, leaves the issue open. Poor monitoring by the QCSC means that there is a dearth of detailed information-tender evaluations, tender documents, contractual arrangements, and financial and policy information held by QCSC and CCA. Only when this data is available will it be possible to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the privatization initiative
ISSN:0007-0955