Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (22 March) . .
Alexander Maconochie Centre—email policy
(Question No 899)
Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 16 February 2018:
(1) What is the current policy pertaining to emailing detainees of the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).
(2) What is the process for applying for approval to email a detainee.
(3) How long does it take for these applications to be processed.
(4) Can these applications be lodged on the AMC/ACT Corrective Services website; if not, why not.
Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) Detainee access to email is managed in accordance with the Corrections Management (Email, Internet and Legal Education and Resource Network [LEARN] for Prisoners) Policy 2010, available at http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2010-115/default.asp.
(2) Detainees request email contact with individuals and all applications are positively vetted in accordance with the Corrections Management (Email, Internet and Legal Education and Resource Network [LEARN] for Prisoners) Policy 2010.
Individuals are not able to make requests to email detainees as ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) has identified that this would significantly increase the risk of victim contact as individuals may create an alias.
The current process for approving email contact based on a detainee application mitigates this risk.
For security reasons, only detainees may apply for new email contacts in part due to the vetting and security process necessary for victim protection, in particular for victims of domestic violence.
(3) Processing of applications is dependent on a number of factors, including the ability of ACTCS to contact the proposed recipient, staffing levels, and the number of applications that may require processing at any one time. Subject to these factors, ACTCS aims to have requests processed within 24 hours.
(4) ACTCS does not intend to change the policy for security vetting of email contacts due to the risks outlined above. Detainees will need to continue to make the application for email contact with individuals. As a result there is no need to update the website as members of the public are not able to apply to contact detainees.
Alexander Maconochie Centre—detainee payments
(Question No 900)
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