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Title: Brisbane Women's - Prisoner Unlock and Lock-away
Category: Safety and Security
Version: 02
Implement Date: 8 April 2010
Application: Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre
Availability: Public

Agency Procedures

Ownership: Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre

Procedure - Brisbane Women's - Prisoner Unlock and Lock-away


Purpose
1.Process
2.Corrective services officers' responsibilities
2.1Unlock
2.2Lock-away
2.3Remote of prisoner cell intercom system
3.Lock-Away General
4.Secure Accommodation
4.1Unlock Secure
4.2Lock Away Secure
4.3Prisoner Cell Access (Secure)
5.Residential Accommodation
5.1Unlock (Residential)
5.2Lock Away (Residential)
5.Prisoner Cell Access (Residential)
6.Unscheduled Lock-away

Purpose

1. Process

To provide a consistent, structured and controlled approach to the unlock and lock-away of prisoners.

2. Corrective services officers' responsibilities

Correctional Supervisors must co-ordinate and record the unlock and lock-away of his/her respective accommodation areas.

Corrective services officers must conduct, record and provide accurate headcounts of prisoners under his/her supervision to Movement Control. Head counts for an area will be reported to the relevant Correctional Supervisor who must confirm the report of area totals and direct Movement Control to provide the report to Master Control.

Correctional staff must assess the “apparent good health” of all prisoners and resident children under his/her control, refer procedure - Prisoner Musters and Headcounts (in-confidence).

2.1 Unlock

Prisoner's must not be released or unlocked until a head count is confirmed correct by Master Control unless authorised by the general manager or nominated officer.

2.2 Lock-away

Prisoners in secure and residential must be secured inside their cells and units respectively. Lock-away must be completed by two officers at a minimum. Staff must not stand down from any accommodation area until further advised by his/her respective Correctional Supervisor, refer section 3.

2.3 Remote of prisoner cell intercom system

All Movement Control station operators prior to ceasing day shift (except Master Control) must ensure that the cell intercom system in his/her area has been remoted to Master Control.

This information must be recorded in the relevant log book and checked and signed by a second officer also prior to ceasing day shift.

3. Lock-Away General

  1. unit officers must-

    1. secure all doors in the unit (Secure);
    2. search units as required.

  2. Movement Control in Residential and Secure must ensure the Electronic Locking System indicates that all doors are in a secure state (green) as shown on the SMS screen and reported to that area Correctional Supervisor prior to ceasing duty from that post;
  3. the Correctional Supervisor Centre Services must direct Master Control to advise all call signs once the entire centre has been secured and the facility head count is correct;
  4. all staff must-

    1. remain in his/her respective accommodation areas until the centre is secure; and
    2. not be released from duty until such time as the Correctional Supervisor Centre Services instructs.

The relevant Correctional Supervisor must complete a debrief with staff of the day's events.

4. Secure Accommodation

4.1 Unlock Secure

  1. at 0630, an officer will broadcast an all call wake-up message for prisoners in Secure accommodation;
  2. at 0700 Movement Control must broadcast a second wake-up call;
  3. immediately following the staff briefing, unit officers must conduct a headcount of prisoners in their cells and check the Prisoners “apparent good health”. The unit officer must report the count to Movement Control;
  4. the Correctional Supervisor must confirm the secure area count with Movement Control who will then report the count to Master Control. Master Control will collate the facility count and confirm that it is correct with the Centre Services Correctional Supervisor;
  5. once the facility state is confirmed by Master Control, Movement Control must broadcast an all call directing prisoners that an unlock is about to commence and prisoners must be ready to exit their cells;
  6. Movement Control must commence unlock on the upper level first;
  7. Prisoners must exit their cells and stand by the door, refer procedure - Prisoner Musters and Headcounts (in-confidence). The officer must assess the “apparent good health” of each prisoner; and
  8. unit officers must unlock the laundry and exercise yard. These areas are to be searched and checked before prisoners have access.

4.2 Lock Away Secure

  1. at 1815 Movement Control must advise prisoners via an all call broadcast through the public address system that lock-down will commence in ten minutes;
  2. at 1825 the unit officers must direct all prisoners to stand outside their cell;
  3. prisoners must immediately stand by their cell door with all personal property they have had out of their cell;
  4. the unit officer must conduct a headcount and assess a prisoner's “apparent good health “as they secure the prisoners in the cells;
  5. if a prisoner is already secured in the cell the unit officer must open the cell door and assess the prisoner's “apparent good health” and confirm their identity;
  6. unit officers are to physically check the security of the cell doors;
  7. the unit officer must report the count to Movement Control and request Movement Control to confirm that the Electronic Locking System indicates all cell doors are in a secure state (green) as shown on the SMS screen;
  8. Movement Control officer must remote the cell intercom system to Master Control and document same in the relevant log book and advise the area Correctional Supervisor;
  9. the Correctional Supervisor must ensure-

    1. all doors are secured and verify the 'green' state,;
    2. all equipment is returned and counter signed in the equipment register as accounted for and correct;
    3. ensure staff conduct security checks, all loose items secured or removed; and
    4. ensure the cell intercom system has been remoted to Master Control and document same in the Correctional Supervisors log book.

4.3 Prisoner Cell Access (Secure)

  1. cell doors must remain closed at all times unless a prisoner is entering or exiting the cell or unless the cell is identified as unit toilet cell (S1);
  2. unit officers must allow prisoners access to their cell at 0915, 1015, 1315 and 1515 hours, for collecting personal property or to attend to personal hygiene;
  3. a prisoner may elect to be secured in their cell between the cell access times set down in the morning and afternoon for the purpose of time out.

5. Residential Accommodation

5.1 Unlock (Residential)

  1. at 0630, Movement Control must broadcast an all call wake up message for all residential prisoners through the intercom system;
  2. at 0700, Movement Control must broadcast a second wake up call;
  3. immediately following the staff briefing, unit officers must conduct a headcount;
  4. movement Control must direct the prisoners to stand by their cells;
  5. unit officers must enter to conduct the headcount and assess the prisoners and resident children's “apparent good health”;
  6. the unit door will be opened by Movement Control and secured once staff leave the unit;
  7. the Correctional Supervisor must confirm the residential area count with Movement Control who will then report the count to Master Control. Master Control will collate the centre count and confirm that it is correct with the Centre Services Correctional Supervisor;
  8. once the facility state is confirmed correct by Master Control, Movement Control must broadcast an all call directing prisoners that an unlock is about to commence. Unit doors will then be unlocked electronically by Movement Control; and
  9. correctional staff must commence facilitation of prisoner movement to work as soon as units are unlocked and workplace Correctional Supervisors are in place to collect/escort them.

5.2 Lock Away (Residential)

  1. at 1815 Movement Control must broadcast an all call to prisoners that lock away will commence in ten minutes;
  2. at 1825 Movement Control must advise all prisoners to assemble in a line inside their unit for a muster and lock away;
  3. correctional officers must conduct a headcount and assess each prisoners and resident children's' “apparent good health”;
  4. correctional officers must conduct an inspection of the unit and secure the unit door;
  5. correctional officers must report the count to Movement Control and request Movement Control to confirm that the Electronic Locking System indicates unit door is in a secure state (green) as shown on the SMS screen;.
  6. Movement Control officer must remote the cell intercom system to Master Control and document same in the relevant log book and advise the area Correctional Supervisor;
  7. the Correctional Supervisor must ensure-

    1. all doors are secured and verify the 'green' state
    2. no loose articles are left on the compound
    3. All equipment is returned and counter signed in the equipment register as accounted for and correct.
    4. staff conduct security checks
    5. the cell intercom system has been remoted to Master Control; and document same in the Correctional Supervisors log book.

5. Prisoner Cell Access (Residential)

Residential prisoners will be issued with a personal cell key and may access their cells as required at approved times.

6. Unscheduled Lock-away

Unscheduled lock-aways are to be co-ordinated and authorised by the Manager Accommodation or Duty Manager, with recording of detail on a local matrix and referred to the General Manager.





Marlene Morison
Deputy Commissioner, Custodial Operations





Version History

08/04/10 Version 02 [Prisoner Unlock and Lock-away] - 12/12/08 Version 01 [Offender Unlock and Lock-away]