Title: Townsville - Work Camps
Category: Offender Management
Implement Date: 10 July 2008
Application: Townsville Correctional Centre
|2.||Location of Townsville Based Work Camps|
|3.||Work Camp Rules|
|5.||Offender Musters and Headcounts|
To provide a process to ensure the effective operation of work camps and to ensure the safety and security of staff and the community while providing for the welfare and dignity of prisoners working within the community.
Refer procedure - Work Order
All prisoners prior to attending a work camp for the first time must be interviewed by an accommodation manager or delegate and the Suitability Assessment - Work Camp form completed.
Townsville Correctional Centre has four work camps, being -
Numbers in brackets indicate national high-way rout numbers as recorded on authorised maps.
All work camps must have camp rules. On induction to work camps, prisoners must be briefed on camp rules. Camp rules must be displayed in common areas at the work camps.
All prisoners returning to the Townsville Correctional Centre (male farm complex / residential women's unit) from work camps will be urine tested.
Refer procedure - Substance Testing - Corrective Services Facilities.
The work camp field supervisor must ensure prisoner musters and headcounts are carried out. The approximate timings of the commencement of headcounts are 0630, 1230, 1830 and 2200 hours.
During the operational day the field supervisor will randomly attend work sites and observe the prisoners approximately every two to three hours.
Refer procedure - Offender Musters and Headcounts
All headcounts and musters will be recorded in the field supervisor's log.
Every day after the 0630 and 1800 muster, the field supervisor will contact the Townsville Correctional Centre - male farm complex and report the state of the camp, for e.g. headcounts\musters correct, prisoners observed to be in appearent good health.
Work camp prisoners will be permitted to obtain $100.00 from their trust accounts to spend in the community. All monies will be handed-out and returned to the camp field supervisor when prisoners go shopping.
Prisoners must retain dockets/receipts for all items purchased. The field supervisor must collect prisoner's dockets/receipts and unspent monies. The dockets/receipts and unspent monies will be tallied up to ensure no hording of money. Each week prisoners are permitted to request funds from their trust accounts to take to work camp however the requested funds will only be allowed to total $100.00 which includes the balance of the prisoner's unspent monies.
No prisoner mail is to be addressed directly to the work camps. Prisoner mail will continue to be received at Townsville Correctional Centre and held until the prisoner returns to the centre or forwarded on if a lengthy absence is expected. Prisoner mail will only be handed out in the morning.
Refer procedure - Mail - Offender Mail
Prisoners must be appropriately dressed at all times. Protective clothing supplied must be worn when undertaking work projects.
Prisoners will be supplied with and will wear high visibility clothing when working in the community.
Prisoners will be permitted to wear their own personal clothing when not performing useful labour within the community or when going shopping. Personal clothing must not be revealing or offensive and should be appropriate for weather conditions.
Work camp field supervisors must maintain the agencies Integrated Offender Management System (IOMS).
Work camp field supervisors will ensure that weekly accurate and detailed case notes are entered onto IOMS.
Prisoners must obtain permission prior to introducing any new item of property to the facility. These items are to be recorded onto the prisoner's property within IOMS by the field supervisor.
Any items purchased by prisoners when at a work camp that are not perishable must be entered onto the prisoner's property on IOMS by the work camp field supervisor. If the article is not on the prisoners IOMS property at discharge, receipts will need to be produced to prove ownership.
Work camp field supervisors will ensure weekly audit are carried out on -
Results of audits must be forwarded to the respective accommodation manager.
All issued keys must be signed out and in using the approved key register. The issue of keys is only to those persons that have the approval of the general manager or nominee.
An audit of all keys is to be conducted at the commencement and completion of each shift and again at the handover of shifts.
Results of the audit are to be reported to the male farm complex duty office when reporting the muster and states.
Any discrepancy is to be reported to the respective accommodation manager during business hours and the duty manager after hours.
Relatives, friends or acquaintances of prisoners are not permitted to visit prisoners at work camp. Visits will only be permitted at the centre on the weekends (note current visiting times).
Refer procedure - Personal Visitors to Offenders
Prisoner's rooms / cells must be searched weekly and the searches recorded.
Refer procedure - Search - Prisoners and Corrective Services Facilities
The work camp field supervisor must provide a handover to the relieving officer / OIC of the receiving centre prior to completing duty. The handover will include but not be limited to -
Assistant Director-General, Custodial Operations
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