<eng>Private Australian Women's Prison

The Anarchives (tao@presence.lglobal.com)
Wed, 6 Mar 1996 18:44:02 +0000 (GMT)


MULTINATIONALS MOVING IN ON IMPRISONING WOMEN IN AUSTRALIA.
KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN HELPS FINANCE THE MULTINATIONAL CORRECTIONS
CORPORATION OF AMERICA'S SUBSIDIARY, CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF
AUSTRALIA TO BUILD AND CONTROL THE FIRST PRIVATE PRISON AGAINST WOMEN IN
THE WORLD (OUTSIDE OF AMERICA.)

Fairlea women's prison (a state government run prison in the centrally
located suburb of Fairfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) may be
closed in June 1996 and the women there shunted 27kms out of the city to
the newly multinational-built Metropolitan Women's 'Correctional'
Centre, a new private prison, at Deer Park. A primary reason for the move
is so the government can sell the valuable real estate Fairlea
prison is on.

Corrections Corporation of Australia got the land at Deer Park cheaply
from the former owners Defence Industries of Australia. The site is known
to be contaminated by rocket fuel and other military contaminants.

Some problems with this situation are:
1. It will create difficulties for visiting imprisoned women, since
public transport will ensure an entire day is required for many visitors
to get to and from the prison. Most women in prison are mothers and the
length of time on public transport will make it very difficult for their
young children to visit.
2. Private prisons, being commercial enterprises, are not subject to
freedom of information (because of commercial confidentiality clauses in
freedom of information legislation.) This means that it will be very
difficult for people outside prison to know what is happening inside,
and public accountability for the abuses routinely inflicted on
imprisoned women will be reduced even more.
3.Multinational corporations controlling prisons in Australia will be
able to exert influence on state governments law and order policies.
Since the private prisons are profit motivated this influence will likely
act to increase imprisonment rates and length of sentences.
More prisoners equal more money for the multinationals (especially when
imprisoned people are used as a virtually unpaid, totally controlled
labour force for prison industries.)These corporations are also already
acting to control what the mass media says about them by suing newspapers
critical of them.
4. The entry of multinationals into control of Australian (and other
countries) prisons gives a very effective tool for
big-brother-new-world-order type control of Australian populations, and
can be construed as an ominous sign for our future.

ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED BY;
THE WOMEN AND IMPRISONMENT GROUP
PEOPLE'S JUSTICE ALLIANCE
JUSTICE ACTION AND
COALITION AGAINST POLICE VIOLENCE TO;

COME TO FAIRLEA PRISON FAIRFIELD, MELBOURNE, ON
SUNDAY MAY 19TH, FROM 12NOON TO 4PM
TO SURROUND THE PRISON
SEE THE WALL
THINK ABOUT THE WOMEN ON THE OTHER SIDE
TO BE HEARD BY THE WOMEN INSIDE

There will be a picnic, music, speakers (including women just released,
or their writings.)
Somebody's Daughter Theatre will also perform.

The aim of this action is to draw attention to what is going on in prison
(eg. the constant sexual
degradation of strip 'searches' and urine tests, denial of the human
rights of children to contact
visits with their mothers, and to highlight that the women in Fairlea
prison will be the first to be
transported into a private multinational run prison in Australia.

IF YOU WISH TO HELP ORGANISE THIS EVENT CONTACT:-
KAREN TAYLOR ON 03 9417 6984 OR 03 9754 5181
CATHERINE GOW 03 9376 6366 OR 03 9489 0149
Remember women in prison are quite literally dying for your support.
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