Finally Fit for Purpose: The Evolution of Australian Prison Architecture

Grant, E and Jewkes, Y 2015, 'Finally Fit for Purpose: The Evolution of Australian Prison Architecture', The Prison Journal, vol. 95, no. 2, pp. 223-243.


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Title Finally Fit for Purpose: The Evolution of Australian Prison Architecture
Author(s) Grant, E
Jewkes, Y
Year 2015
Journal name The Prison Journal
Volume number 95
Issue number 2
Start page 223
End page 243
Total pages 21
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract This article argues that Australian prisons have uncritically emulated American penitentiaries in their architecture and structure. We suggest that simply transporting physical design models from one geographic and politico-cultural setting to another, with little commitment to understanding the context-bound philosophies and conditions that underpin such models, has been highly problematic. The result has been an Australian penal estate that for decades was incompatible with its aims and purpose. Finally, we discuss the eventual introduction of unique, innovative styles of penal architecture in Australia, which are not only appropriate to their culture and context, but represent world-class developments in penal design.
Subject Architecture not elsewhere classified
Criminology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) architecture
Australian prisons
history of penal design
prison
U.S. prisons
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0032885515575274
Copyright notice © 2015 SAGE Publications
ISSN 0032-8855
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