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Prisons

Open Prison Project

“Unfortunately, society in general and prison authorities, in particular, treat prisoners as outcastes”
(The Dalai Lama, 1999)

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Stop Building New Prisons

The Construction of More Prisons in Australia

Historical Context:
Many prisons in Australia were built by convict labour in the 1800s. During the 1990s various state governments in Australia engaged private sector correctional corporations to build and operate prisons whilst several older government run institutions were decommissioned. Operation of federal detention centres was also privatised at a time when a large influx of illegal immigrants began to arrive in Australia.

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