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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 232 ..


Alexander Maconochie Centre—disciplinary action(Question No 43)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 4 December 2020:

(1) How many instances were there of an inmate being sent to separate confinement as a means of punishment or discipline since 1 January 2016 at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

(2) Of these inmates, how many were released within (a) 24hrs, (b) 3 days and (c) 1 week.

(3) Of these inmates, how many spent longer than a week in separate confinement.

(4) What is the longest someone has remained in separate confinement.

(5) How many instances were there of an inmate being sent to separate confinement as a means of punishment or disciplines since 1st January 2020.

(6) What opportunities does an inmate have to socialise with other inmates while in separate confinement.

(7) What activities remain available to an inmate in separate confinement.

(8) Of the activities that remain available, are many of them are able to be done with other inmates or people.

(9) What is the difference between segregation and separate confinement from Corrections ACT’s perspective.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

I have been advised by the Justice and Community Safety Directorate that the information sought is not in an easily retrievable form, and that to collect relevant information to assemble responses would require a considerable diversion of resources.

In this instance, it is inappropriate to divert resources from other priority activities for the purposes of answering the Member’s questions. I do however offer the member a verbal briefing with relevant officials to discuss the questions asked.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—chemical agent use(Question No 44)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 4 December 2020:

(1) Under what circumstances is the use of chemical spray (CS gas) or similar substances allowed at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

(2) What permissions must be given, and from whom must they be given by to use CS gas or similar substance.


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