Procurement, Kickbacks and Fiddles

  • Andrew Goldsmith
  • Mark Halsey
  • Andrew Groves
Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)


It has been said that, “Few activities create greater temptations or offer more opportunities for corruption than public sector procurement” (Transparency International 2006: 13). Procurement of goods and services constitutes a common area for corruption in private and public sector settings (see Graycar and Prenzler 2013; CCC 2008; Ware et al. 2011). Transparency International (2006) has estimated that, worldwide, approximately US $400 billion per year is lost as a direct consequence of bribery, maladministration and corruption in public procurement. Procurement corruption in corrections means that money intended for expenditure on goods and services related to the purposes of correctional services is being spent either inefficiently or being diverted away into private hands. In an era of “mass incarceration,” the size of the correctional sector means that considerable amounts of money, often in the millions and tens of millions of dollars, can be involved in contracts entered into by correctional authorities with outside suppliers for building and leasing of prisons, jails and detention centres, and for supplying provisions and other goods and services essential for running these facilities. In sheer opportunity terms, the temptations for illicit profiteering (bribes, kickbacks, etc.) by officers and managers from exogenous relationships with outside providers are substantial, as we will see below.


Correctional Facility Correctional Setting Procurement Process Procurement Procedure Mass Incarceration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Goldsmith
    • 1
  • Mark Halsey
    • 1
  • Andrew Groves
    • 2
  1. 1.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Deakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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