Submission on Corrections Management Bill
On 24 May 2007 the Coalition circulated to all members of the Legislative Assembly a detailed submission critical of a number of aspects of the Corrections Management Bill. Read the summary here and the full submission here.
The Assembly passed the Bill with some amendments. It became the Corrections Management Act 2007.
The most significant amendment was to what is now s.21 providing for the chief executive of the Health Department to appoint the prison doctor. The Coalition had proposed that similar arrangements that now apply to the doctor, should also be made for nurses and other medical professionals who have a role in maintenance of health treatment in the prison.
The enacted legislation incorporate only a small part of what the Coalition sought.
Reviews of the Prison
On 10 February 2010 the Legislative Assembly passed the motion calling for an independent review of the new prison (see http://www.hansard.act.gov.au/hansard/2010/week01/258.htm). The Attorney-General subsequently approved these terms of reference with a few changes. The independent review team is led by Mr Keith Hamburger and his Brisbane based firm Knowledge Consulting. The final terms of reference and Information on progress of the review including is available here. The team's progress report which was tabled in August 2010 in the Assembly is available here.
A second review is being conducted on behalf of ACT
Health by the Burnett Institute for Medical Research
in Melbourne. This is evaluating the drug policies and services and their
subsequent effects on prisoners and staff within the prison on behalf of ACT
Health. It is considering drug policies and services and their subsequent
effects on prisoners and staff within the prison and the review of the
prison's . The evaluation is led by Dr Mark Stoové.
The Coalition maintains that the operation of the prison
regime must promote improvement in the poor mental health of those detained.
To achieve this the damaging operational regime of the traditional prison must
not be replicated in the ACT. This can be achieved only if the regime is
designed, operated and monitored with the close oversight of those with a deep
understanding of how to promote mental well being and commitment to that end.
The submission points out that there has been shortcomings (in part through
inadequate resourcing of Corrections) in planning for the operation of the
prison both in identifying and integrating performance indicators into the
prison's management and in coordinating government and community support
services. In this last respect the Coalition's submission reaffirms the thrust
of the submission of the Community Integration Governance Group (CIGG)
on the importance of careful planning and coordination of through and after