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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 760..


Prisoners-periodic detention

(Question No 66)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections, upon notice, on 19 February 2002:

In relation to periodic detention:

(1) How many offenders failed to attend such detention in (a) 1998 (b) 1999

(c) 2000 and (d) 2001.

(2) What action was taken against these offenders in each of these years.

(3) In each year, did any offenders escape disciplinary action after failing to attend.

(4) If so, why.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1)

  • For 1998, records indicate that 101 detainees failed to attend for 1 or more detention periods.
  • For 1999, records indicate 86 detainees failed to attend for 1 or more detention periods.
  • For 2000, records indicate 94 detainees failed to attend for 1 or more detention periods.
  • For 2001, records indicate 107 detainees failed to attend for 1 or more detention periods.

(2)

In 1998:

  • 15 absentees began the year subject to applications to have their Periodic Detention Order cancelled in accordance with section 30 of the Periodic Detention Act 1995.
  • A further 22 absentees had applications made to have their Periodic Detention Order cancelled throughout the year.
  • 64 absentees were dealt with in accordance with section 24 and section 25 of the Periodic Detention Act 1995 being granted either leave of absence or being issued with a notice (breach).

In 1999:

  • 21 absentees began the year subject to applications to have their Periodic Detention Order cancelled in accordance with section 30 of the Periodic Detention Act 1995.
  • A further 25 absentees had applications made to have their Periodic Detention Order cancelled throughout the year.
  • 40 absentees were dealt with in accordance with section 24 and section 25 of the Periodic Detention Act 1995 being granted either leave of absence or being issued with a notice (breach).


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