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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 782 ..


(b) The review identified that ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) Detainee Services Unit should undertake a further consultation process with detainees and service providers to inform development of a Detainee Religious Services Strategy (the Strategy), which should incorporate any findings from a current review by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) into the experiences of Muslim detainees accessing their faith in the AMC. This HRC review has not yet been finalised. This consultation process will commence following the completion of the HRC review. In the interim, work has commenced in other areas of developing the Strategy, including an all detainee survey in October 2020 to obtain input about the chaplaincy service and areas for improvement.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—ICT facilities(Question No 112)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 12 February 2021:

(1) What access do inmates at the Alexander Maconochie Centre have to computers or computer like devices.

(2) What access do inmates have to devices that use USB ports.

Mr Gentleman: I am advised that the answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Detainees have access to computer devices in common areas such as the library and Education building. In addition, many detainees have access to computers within their cells.

(2) PrisonPC devices limit USB use to a keyboard and mouse. The PrisonPC devices are designed to shutdown if they detect USB keys, removable hard drives and mobile phones. If a detainee requires data to be transferred from USB to their PrisonPC personal storage allocation (e.g. university material), this can be arranged through the PrisonPC administrators.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—visitor searches(Question No 113)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 12 February 2021:

(1) What are the standard security steps that corrections officers take to search every visitor to Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) inmates for contraband.

(2) What criteria determines whether a visitor to an inmate is subjected to a more intensive search.

(3) Does the AMC have a standard operating procedure for random searches of visitors to inmates prior to the visitor entering the visits area.

(4) How many random searches on visitors to inmates have occurred since 1 January 2019?


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