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NCJ Number: 170219 Find in a Library
Title: Private Sector Participation in New Prisons in Victoria, Australia
Author(s): T Wilson; T Cave
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: New Prison Project
Melbourne Victoria 3001, Australia
Sale Source: New Prison Project
Dept of Justice
200 Queen Street, Suite D
Level 16
Melbourne Victoria 3001,
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The Government of Victoria is actively pursuing private investment in infrastructure and service delivery through its Infrastructure Investment Policy, and the New Prisons Project (NPP) within the Department of Justice is an example of the application of this policy.
Abstract: The policy of Victoria is that private enterprise should be actively encouraged to invest in the government's future when cost and efficiency benefits can be demonstrated. Released in 1994, the Infrastructure Investment Policy illustrates the government's commitment to strengthening its partnership with the private sector. The NPP seeks private sector involvement in the delivery of new prisons to replace antiquated facilities. This project stands out from other prison privatization projects around the world on two major dimensions: (1) financial policy requirements for private sector ownership, development, and operation of facilities; and (2) size of the contribution of private facilities to the overall correctional system--new prisons will accommodate over 60 percent of female and about 45 percent of male prisoners in Victoria. The approach developed by the NPP and major achievements are described, and the regulatory framework of the NPP's corrections industry component and the nature of its commercial arrangements with contractors are examined. Government safeguards to ensure contractors deliver the best possible correctional facilities and services and advantages of the NPP approach are noted.
Main Term(s): Privatization in corrections
Index Term(s): Australia; Contract corrections services; Correctional industries; Corrections in foreign countries; Corrections management; Foreign correctional systems; Prison construction; Prison management; Private sector-government cooperation; Victoria
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