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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 April 2011) . . Page.. 1400 ..


(d) the human rights compliant approach is in some cases harming rather than aiding effective management of the AMC and drug rehabilitation programs;

(e) an inadequate blood borne virus testing regime means any data on Hepatitis C or other diseases is unreliable;

(f) the inadequate Hepatitis C testing regime may actually be encouraging prisoners to take risks and share needles;

(g) many prisoners with Hepatitis C experience poor access to treatment;

(h) illicit drug testing at the AMC is ineffective;

(i) strategies to prevent illicit drugs entering the AMC are failing;

(j) searching for drugs and contraband is inconsistent and results are questionable;

(k) case management of prisoners is inadequate;

(l) prisoner throughcare is inadequate;

(m) counselling of prisoners is deficient;

(n) education, employment and recreational programs and facilities are inadequate and compare unfavourably with New South Wales;

(o) drug rehabilitation programs are limited, are poorly attended and in some cases under resourced;

(p) the mixed category AMC that includes male, female, remand and sentenced prisoners leads to some negative outcomes, particularly for remandees and females;

(q) prisoners experience poor access to health care that is not in accord with human rights framework of the AMC;

(r) prisoners with mental illness are not receiving adequate support;

(s) health staff appear to be pushing methadone on prisoners after they had already detoxed from other drugs; and

(t) there is conflict between ACT Health and ACT Corrective Services on a number of issues;

(2) notes that the independent review of the operations at the AMC dated 12 March 2011, the Hamburger Report, found that:

(a) the AMC has suffered a range of operational deficiencies during the first 12 months of operation that resulted in less effective service outcomes and loss of reputation for ACT Corrective Services;


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