Would open prisons work in Australia?

The UK operates several open prisons which are what they sound like. Prisoners are trusted to carry out their sentences with almost no supervision, no perimeter security, they are not locked up in cells and can enter employment. They just have to come back to the prison when they have finished their shifts. These... show more The UK operates several open prisons which are what they sound like. Prisoners are trusted to carry out their sentences with almost no supervision, no perimeter security, they are not locked up in cells and can enter employment. They just have to come back to the prison when they have finished their shifts. These prisons work remarkably well, it is extremely rare for inmates to abscond. It might not work as well in Australia though because I don't think Australians can be trusted. A prison guard may turn up in the morning and just find the whole facility is empty.

Australia actually go the other way. There are prisons in Australia where every single inmate is kept in solitary confinement. You can't do that in the UK because it is considered cruel and unusual punishment. The incarceration rate is significantly higher in Australia than the UK and whereas the UK have spare capacity, Australian prisons are completely full. Lots of criminals in Australia are given suspended sentences simply because there is nowhere to put them.

Open prisons are a cheap and effective way of increasing prison capacity but do you think Australian criminals can be trusted?
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