Maximum Security: 'Being in the Belly of the Beast'

11 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2007

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Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

John Touchie

Griffith University - Griffith Law School

Abstract

Very little information or research is available about the operation of Maximum Security Units (MSUs) in Queensland prisons. These units were developed within existing prisons in the early 1980s to deal with the incarceration of prisoners considered to be the worst and highest risk. Drawing on a number of interviews with prison visitors and on published documents and cases, this article examines the purpose and possible shortcomings of MSUs in Queensland in light of the Standard Guidelines for Corrections in Australia (1996).

Keywords: prisons, sentencing, criminal law

Suggested Citation

Douglas, Heather and Touchie, John, Maximum Security: 'Being in the Belly of the Beast'. The University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 07-17; Criminal Law Journal, Vol. 30, pp. 73-83, 2006; Griffith Socio-Legal Research Centre, Research Paper No. 09-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1014285

Heather Douglas (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

John Touchie

Griffith University - Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia

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