The Department of Corrective Services is unique in that it is the only Department in which the government has total control over its citizens.
This requires extra care to ensure that the extraordinary powers are not abused. It is necessary for there to be correspondingly extraordinary accountability, safeguards and specialist knowledge. The trend in other states is to maintain an office of Inspector General.
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"The abolition of the Office of the Inspector General of Prisons:
Legal Briefing Paper" by UTS Community Law Centre. January 2005