Literature review: Correctional Corruption

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


According to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC), allegations about corruption in Queensland correctional facilities have increased over the last three years—in particular, the number of allegations about assaults/excessive uses of force and the misuse of official information (CCC, 2018b). Correctional corruption is not, however, a problem isolated to Queensland, as evinced by major investigations conducted by other anti-corruption bodies in Australia, for example those by the Corruption and Crime Commission in Western Australia (2017), the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) in Victoria (2017b), and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in New South Wales (2010, 2013). Moreover, the current review comes in the wake of wider inquiries into correctional corruption in Australia, such as those by IBAC (2017a) and Human Rights Watch (2018). Correctional corruption is a significant problem in similar jurisdictions such as the United States, where the Federal Bureau of Investigation set up, in 2014, a dedicated prison corruption initiative, focusing on smuggling of contraband (Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, 2016).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSouth Australia
PublisherFlinders University
Commissioning bodyQueensland Corrective Services
Number of pages38
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


  • Correctional facilities
  • Corruption
  • Queensland


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