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 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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  • Fred
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Australia has some of these sorts of prisons. One is Cadell Prison on South Australia which has a cow paddock fence around it and no front gate. The prisoners there know they will never get a more relaxed prison to do their time in so it is rare for anyone walk off. About 2 prisoners a year jump the fence but the local police know where to sit and wait down the road for the prisoners and generally when spotted the prisoners offer no resistance. This prison is run as a farming prison with orchards and a dairy farm and likely minimises the cost of keeping prisoners as it has minimal guards and offsets some of its costs with income from their farming.

    I believe there are plenty of prisoners who accept they have 2 to 5 years in prison or are old who would not attempt an escape from prison if they knew if they messed up they would have a much harder regime to follow in a regular prison. There will always be many prisoners who you could not put in such an open prison but there are also plenty you could.

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  • 6 months ago

    Open prisons are only for non-violent crimes. Plenty of prisoners are kept in solitary confinement in the UK. But not in open prisons.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    It wouldn't work as a deterrent to crime. It allows the prisoner to have freedom which lessens the severity of his punishment. His environment needs to be in a etting that instills psychological torture

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  • 6 months ago

    that's a wicked plan treating criminals like they are on holidays...…. CRIMS are just that CRIMINALs and need to be punished for their crime .shoud .not be allowed in the public til punishment has ended...…….build more prisons and get staff to run em instead of home detention etcjust cause theres no room in prisons…..sheesh

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Erm... I thought Australia was once the world's largest open prison?

    • 6 months agoReport

      America actually was the first

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  • 6 months ago

    Australia is an open prison yard.

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  • 6 months ago

    Grow up and stop sooking over the cricket.

  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    You have most of your facts wrong, I worked for HMP.

    There is 24 supervision. The Prison officers know where everyone is. Prisoners cannot walk out, it's not a hotel. They have to be signed out and in.

    Yes they have more freedom but they cannot walk out and do what they like. They also have lockdown at night. They dont stay up all night playing pool.

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    • Half Drawn Boy
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      So you only have knowledge of one prison, don’t pretend you know what they are all like. Do some research before erroneously saying people are incorrect.

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    You can't trust the authorities here never mind the inmates.

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