THE PRISON PROJECT: PENAL CULTURE AND THE RE-INVENTION OF THE PRISON IN AUSTRALIA

Grant number: DP0877331 | Funding period: 2008 - 2011

Completed

Abstract

The Prison Project addresses the issue of increased use of imprisonment over recent decades. It is the first comprehensive Australian investigation of penal policy and practice at national and state and territory levels. The research will provide analysis of the reasons and justifications for the increased use of imprisonment, particularly in the context of perceived effects on crime and the substantial public costs incurred by correctional services. The project will document and analyse the effects of changes in sentencing law and practice, and administrative changes in penal policy.

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