Page 3158 - Week 08 - Thursday, 25 June 2009

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(3) In the event a decision is made by the Superintendent to remove a child from the AMC, the primary caregiver will be able to seek a review of the decision by applying to the Deputy Executive Director, ACT Corrective Services. The primary caregiver may also seek a review of the decision in accordance with the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1989 and may also lodge a complaint to the Children and Young People Commissioner, Human Rights Commission.

(4) The following organisations have been notified as authorised official visitors of the AMC: Prisoners Aid ACT; Companion House; Alcoholics Anonymous Australia; ACT Hepatitis Resource Centre; Catholic Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn; Toora Women Inc; Alcohol and Drug Foundation; Alcohol and Drug Foundation Australian Capital Territory Inc.(ADFACT); Alternatives to Violence Project; Inanna Inc; Canberra Rape Crisis Centre; Relationships Australia; Centrelink; St Vincent de Paul Society; Womans Information Resources & Education On Drugs and Dependency (WIREDD); Directions ACT; Women and Prison; Prison Fellowship Australia; Parkway Church; Habitat Personnel and The Big Issue.

(5) This is a matter for the Minister for Health.

(6) ACTCS does not have a policy regarding voluntary drug testing of prisoners.

(7) The AMC has a capacity of 301 beds. The AMC would not be ‘full’ unless all beds were utilised. However, due to the need to manage such issues as separation of prisoners by classification and risk, and short-term surges in numbers, a prison may have reached its capacity in regard to some prisoner groups before it is completely ‘full’.

(8) The AMC has the following accommodation structure:


Male sentenced

- 130 beds


Male remand

- 100 beds


Female sentenced

- 10 beds


Female remand

- 15 beds


Transitional Release Centre

- 15 beds for male and/or female sentenced prisoners


Management Building

- 14 beds for remand or sentenced male prisoners


Health Building

- 16 beds for prisoners in crisis or otherwise unwell

The sentenced and remand cell blocks both have some two bed cells. The cottage accommodation has single bed cells.

There is scope to manage a growth in prisoner numbers in different ways subject to their classification.

(9) It should be noted that that some cells already accommodate more than one prisoner by design. We can plan, but we cannot predict future prisoner numbers.

(10) The full list of publicly available indicators and data/measurements regarding the AMC and detainees is reflected in Attachment A. There are also a raft of other measures that ACTCS are currently measuring and developing and some of these may also be publicly available in the future.

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