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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2112 ..


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

(1) ACTCS does not collect data specifically to record debt. ACTCS may record self-reported debt in a pre-sentence report ordered by the Court, or pre-release report if ordered by the Sentence Administration Board.

(2) Sentence Management Officers (SMOs) assist detainees with their debt management by supporting detainees to apply to the ACT Magistrates Court Fine Management Section to pay off any outstanding warrants or fines. If detainees indicate they have other debt in the community, the SMO will refer the detainee to Care Financial Services (CFS).


ACT Corrective Services—release process(Question No 265)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 14 May 2021:

(1) Before an inmate is released (completing their sentence) from the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), do AMC staff conduct any kind of (a) job preparedness assessment, (b) housing needs assessment, (c) financial needs assessment, (d) transportation needs assessment, (e) debt assessment.

(2) Before being released, are inmates required to have (a) any documentation or identification such as a proof-of-age card or Medicare card, (b) a secure place of residence.

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

(1) Detainees may undergo a range of needs assessments including (a) job preparedness assessment, (b) housing needs assessment, (c) financial needs assessment, (d) transportation needs assessment, (e) debt assessment.

The Sentence Management Officer (SMO) works with a detainee to identify areas to be addressed in developing a Sentence Management Plan (SMP). This may occur at any time during the detainee’s sentence.

(2) Before being released:

a. Detainees are able to use their AMC ID as their primary form of identification on release, and to obtain a proof of age card.

b. Accommodation proposed for a parolee is assessed as to its suitability by Community Corrections, as appropriate.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—parental contact(Question No 266)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 14 May 2021:

(1) How many inmates are mothers.

(2) What are the different mediums of contact a mother can have with their children.


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