Debt to society: Higher incarceration rates have supported industry revenue growth

The Correctional and Detention Services industry aims to provide a safe, secure and humane correctional system that incorporates elements of rehabilitation, education and community protection. The industry encompasses the operation and management of prisons, community correctional facilities, programs for adult offenders, immigration detention centres and juvenile detention facilities. Most industry revenue comes from publicly funded and government-operated facilities. Four privately operated companies account for most of the remaining proportion of yearly industry revenue. Industry performance is generally influenced by criminal activity rates, government capital expenditure and appropriation levels, overall population trends, and rates of more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Higher incarceration rates and population growth have contributed to rising revenue over the period
  • The number of industry facilities has increased in response to rising incarceration rates
  • Industry funding is forecast to increase as governments try to demonstrate they are tough on crime
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Government expenditure on correctional and detention facilities is the main performance indicator for the Correctional and Detention Services industry, effectively equating to industry revenue. The industry’s funding allocation is decided each year in the relevant state and territory government budgets, based on prisoner or detainee number projections, the condition of existing facilities, and rehabilitation and other programs being offered. Overall government capital expenditure influences the amount of government funding the industry receives, as federal and state governments invest in new prisons and maintain existing facilities.Industry performance is only partially influenced by the level of criminal activity in Australia. An ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Correctional and Detention Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Correctional and Detention Services are:

  • Ability to vary services to suit different needs
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Level of criminal activity and Capital expenditure by state and local government in the Correctional and Detention Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Correctional and Detention Services Industry?

    Companies in the industry are primarily engaged in managing and operating correctional institutions and detention centres. Facilities include prisons, remand centres, juvenile detention centres and immigration detention centres.

    Industry Products
  • Government-managed prisons
  • 24-hour court cell centres
  • Periodic detention centres
  • Privately managed prisons
  • Transition centres and programs
  • Juvenile detention centres
  • Immigration detention centres
  • Industry Activities
  • Prison operation
  • Detention centre operation
  • Remand centre operation
  • Juvenile detention centre operation
  • Correctional centre operation
  • Operating correctional facility on a contract or fee basis
  • Managing immigration detention centres on a contract basis
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Level of criminal activity
  • Capital expenditure by state and local government
  • Demand from legal services
  • Population
  • Capital expenditure by the government

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Industry structure
  • Prison safety and rehabilitation
  • Immigration detention centres
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Public versus private
  • Industry trends
  • Table: Correctional and Detention Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Correctional and Detention Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Police and Firefighting Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Catering Services
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Investigation and Security Services
  • Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services

  • Products & Services
  • Government-managed prisons
  • Juvenile detention centres
  • Transition centres and programs
  • 24-hour court cell centres
  • Privately managed prisons
  • Immigration detention centres
  • Periodic detention centres
  • Chart: Correctional and Detention Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • NSW Government
  • VIC Government
  • WA Government
  • QLD Government
  • Other state and territory governments
  • Federal Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Correctional and Detention Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Correctional and Detention Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Correctional and Detention Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Department of Justice NSW, Victorian Department of Justice & Regulation, Department of Justice (Western Australia), Queensland Corrective Services,
  • Table: Department of Justice NSW - financial performance
  • Table: Victorian Department of Justice & Regulation - financial performance
  • Table: Department of Justice (Western Australia) - financial performance
  • Table: Queensland Corrective Services - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Correctional and Detention Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Correctional and Detention Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Total Daily Average Prison Population (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • The act of setting aside government funding for the specific uses, in this case the operation of correctional and detention facilities.
  • Mobile Phone Jamming
  • A technique used by some prison operators to prevent mobile phones from receiving signals from base stations.
  • Periodic Detention
  • A form of detention where prisoners are only incarcerated for two days per week, allowing them to improve their lives and remain a part of their community.
  • Transition Centre
  • Facilities provided to prepare prisoners for release back into the community and reduce reoffending rates.
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