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ACT’s first Inspector of Correctional Services begins

On 14 March it was announced that Mr Neil McAllister has been appointed as the ACT’s first Inspector of Correctional Services. The establishment of the independent role of Inspector of Correctional Service was a government commitment in response to the recommendations of the independent review by Philip Moss into the death in custody of Steven Freeman.

The Inspector of Correctional Services role will provide a focus for overall improvement of correctional services through the systematic and regular review of correctional centres and services. The Inspector will work with, but be distinct from, the existing oversight mechanisms undertaken by the Human Rights Commission, ACT Ombudsman, Public Advocate and the Official Visitors.The Legislative Assembly will be provided with independent reports from the Inspector, who will be able to conduct unannounced visits to correctional centres, including court cells.