On 19 February the Office of the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services (OICS) announced it will be conducting a Healthy Prison Review of the AMC in mid-2019. This whole-of-centre review adopts the ‘healthy prison’ test that was devised by the World Health Organisation, and which has been adopted as the basis for prison standards in other jurisdictions including Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) in the United Kingdom.
The OICS also announced a call for public submissions to inform the review. The Review seeks feedback on how the AMC aligns with the ‘healthy prison framework’ of:
- Safety –Detainees, even the most vulnerable, are held safely. Staff are able to work in a safe and supportive environment. Visitors feel safe when at AMC.
- Respect – Detainees, staff and visitors are treated with respect for their human rights and dignity.
- Purposeful activity – Detainees are able, and expected, to engage in activity that is likely to benefit them.
- Rehabilitation and preparation for release – Detainees have access to quality criminogenic and other therapeutic programs to assist in their rehabilitation. Detainees are supported to maintain contact with their families and community, prepared for release.
Submissions to the review are invited from stakeholders, including staff of ACT Corrective Services, detainees, their families/friends, community organisations and the academic community. Responses can be anonymous. Submissions close on May 1.
To make a submission and read more information, go to The ACT Inspector of Correctional Services website here.