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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 2071..


1) A working group has been established with representatives from both ACT Health and ACTCS regarding an evaluation of drug policies and services. The evaluation process is now underway. The outcomes will inform if there is any need to move to a NSP.


An Evaluation Advisory Group has also been established to provide advice on how to effectively engage with key stakeholders to ensure meaningful input into the evaluation. This Group consists of representatives from both government and non-government organisations.

2) As mentioned under question (1), consistent with the Adult Corrections Health Plan 2008-2012, a full and comprehensive evaluation of drug policies and services, and their subsequent effects on prisoners and staff within the AMC, will be undertaken 18 months after the commissioning. Data is being collected from 1 June 2009 as agreed by ACT Health and ACTCS representatives. The Evaluation Advisory Group has met once and will meet again on 31 May 2010. There are no preliminary findings from the evaluation.

3) In February 2010, 15 dispenser units containing a bleach solution were installed at the AMC for prisoners to use as a general cleaning product. Since the installation of the dispensers approximately 150 litres of the bleach solution have been provided to prisoners. Prior to February 2010, a cleaning solution that did not contain bleach was being used as a general cleaning product.

4) Established staff consultative arrangements will be used to seek staff and union views on this issue.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—rehabilitation programs

(Question No 908)

Mr Hanson asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 25 March 2010:

(1) How many rehabilitation programs are provided at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) and what are they.

(2) How many sentenced prisoners or remandees are enrolled in rehabilitation programs at the AMC.

(3) Can the Minister provide a breakdown of the number of sentenced prisoners or remandees in each program referred to in part (2).

(4) How many sentenced prisoners or remandees are enrolled in an educational or vocational training program and (a) what are they and (b) how many in each program.

(5) How many sentenced prisoners or remandees are engaged in an employment program and (a) what are the programs and (b) how many in each program.

(6) How many individuals are not currently enrolled in either a rehabilitation program, an educational or vocational training program or an employment program, and for what reasons.

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


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