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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . .

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      •     Where the general detainee population is not permitted and where only minimum security approved detainees on work crews can go, such as the visitors' car park, in or around the perimeter fence or bulk stores (while this is typically detainees in the Transitional Release Centre, other minimum security detainees may be risk assessed and subsequently approved to undertake prison employment in these areas). .

Quarter Contraband Seizures at the AMC From visitors upon entry to the AMC Detected within the AMC From other sources July (part) - Sept 2012 2 36 0 Oct - Dec 2012 0 94 1 Jan - March 2013 4 59 0 Apr - June 2013 0 74 1 July - Sept 2013 4 155 2 Oct - Dec 2013 8 104 4 Jan - March 2014 3 80 1 Apr - June 2014 2 93 0

The second half of 2013 shows a notable jump in seizures within the AMC. The predominant reason for this increase is that the AMC conducted a number of extra searches in a targeted effort to both increase general detection as well responding to intelligence regarding the presence of contraband. The increase can also be attributed to a significant increase in detainee numbers at that time.

The Member will note that data has not been provided for the first two quarters of 2012. Information pertaining to contraband seizures made prior to July 2012 is not available in a format that enables easy extraction of data, as was available for subsequent years. Any effort to retrospectively collate the figures requested in the Member's question would place an unreasonable time and resource impost on ACT Corrective Services.

(2) Detainees found to be in possession of 'prohibited things' (contraband) as defined in the Corrections Management Act 2007 are subject to disciplinary action as set out in that Act. Penalties applied can range from the withdrawal of privileges to separate confinement. More serious matters can and are referred to police.

In accordance with the Corrections Management (Possession of Prohibited Things) Policy 2012, any person attempting to introduce a non-authorised prohibited thing into the AMC or found in the possession of a non-authorised prohibited thing, may be subject to one or more of the following conditions, as directed by the Area Manager (in consultation with the Deputy General Manager):

      •     ask that the person dispose of the article;

      •     ask that the person return the article to a secured locker or vehicle;

      •     confiscate the article in accordance with the Seizure of a Prohibited Thing Procedure;

      •     deny a contact visit;

      •     deny a visit of any type;

      •     ask the person to remove him or herself from the correctional centre immediately (non compliance may result in removal from the correctional centre in accordance with the Use of Force Policy and Use of Force Procedure).


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