The Australian government has recently announced changes to its policy of mandatory detention for all unauthorised non-citizens. This paper provides a criminological analysis of that policy by providing an overview of the development of the immigration detention complex; the culture of containment that developed as a result of the policy; and the systemic criminalisation and abuse of detainees within the detention system. The article highlights the similarities between the prison and immigration detention systems and argues that immigration detention ought to be an ongoing focus for criminology.
Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Immigration Law
Date of this Version
Michael Grewcock, "A system of penal abuse: Australia’s immigration detention experience" (April 2009). University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series 2009. Working Paper 14.