The Road to the ACT’s First Prison (the Alexander Maconochie Centre) Was Paved with Rehabilitative Intentions
(2012) 11(1) Canberra Law Review 33
25 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 5, 2012
The role of prisons in rehabilitating offenders is highly contested. The two main opposing arguments – that prison should be a ‘last resort’, on the one hand, and that a prison offering a range of programs could rehabilitate offenders, on the other – emerged during the debates about whether the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) should build a prison. An analysis of these arguments from a criminological perspective will assist the ACT to develop future correctional policies, given that rehabilitation has been enshrined in legislation as a primary goal of the Alexander Maconochie Centre. This analysis also reveals that the ACT is somewhat exceptional in consistently maintaining an ideological commitment to rehabilitation whilst other jurisdictions have shifted towards emphasising the more punitive aspects of imprisonment.
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