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ACTCOSS & WCHM call on ACT Government to act on Healthy Prison Review recommendations

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The ACT Council of Social Service and the Women’s Centre for Health Matters are calling on the ACT Government to act on the Healthy Prison Review recommendations.

While satisfied the report highlights a number of issues, the lobby groups say its important improvements are made with 73 areas highlighted to be of concern.

This includes areas such as safety, respect rehabilitation and preparation for release. 

Craig Wallace, ACTCOSS Policy Manager said, “ACTCOSS is pleased to see that the recommendations included in the report reflect community sector aspirations for the AMC.

“Several of the recommendations reflect significant concerns we heard during the community sector consultation with the Inspector.

These include recommendations that ACTCS: maintain a consolidated strip search register; increase Naloxone access to detainees and staff within the AMC; and look for opportunities for female detainees to engage in work.

“Overall, this report reflects the strength of the OICS’ consultation process in undertaking the Review, which further compels the government to respond to the recommendations in a timely manner.”

 

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