Importance of administrative transparency in the correctional context : knowing the rules

Edney, Richard 2005, Importance of administrative transparency in the correctional context : knowing the rules, Australian journal of administrative law, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 163-174.

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Title Importance of administrative transparency in the correctional context : knowing the rules
Author(s) Edney, Richard
Journal name Australian journal of administrative law
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 163
End page 174
Publisher Lawbook Co
Place of publication North Ryde, N.S.W.
Publication date 2005-05
ISSN 1320-7105
Summary As a class, prisoners are vulnerable to numerous privations while in custody. In particular, prisoners are at a distinct disadvantage in terms of being able to control the central features of their daily lives. The lives of prisoners are circumscribed by numerous rules and regulations and their administration by correctional administrators. It is important that prisoners are aware of the content of the rules that govern their existence and the precise basis upon which power is exercised over them. In a recent freedom of information application in Victoria, a prisoner sought a personal copy of the rules that would govern his life in that particular institution. The prison authorities refused that request. The prisoner then appealed that decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and was unsuccessful. It is contended that the analysis used in that case was flawed through the misreading of the nature of correctional environment and the fundamental importance of transparency in such a context.
Language eng
Field of Research 180103 Administrative Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Lawbook Co
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003183

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Law
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