In a move that could be viewed by some as a regression to the late 1800s when convicts were shipped from England to Van Diemens Land (Australia), a local prison will next week begin a trial housing inmates within shipping containers converted into maximum security cells.  Taking just six months to build instead of the standard two years, each upcycled shipping container costs approximately AUD$70,000  representing a savings of almost $400,000. Political proponents espouse their virtues claiming they are safe, secure and cheap. Conversely, civil libertarians are not so enthusiastic, stating they are inhumane or not secure enough.  What are your thoughts? Is shipping container architecture appropriate for prisoners?

Via the AdelaideNow

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