Category: Custodial Operations - Standard Operating Procedures
Implement Date: 24 May 2012
Application: Custodial Operations
Appendices and Forms
Associated Custodial Operations Standard Operating Procedures
QCSA Training Manual
Review Date: June 2015
Ownership: Custodial Operations
|4.1||Development of a local procedure|
|5.||Work Program Inductions|
|7.||Discharge/Release Dates and Conditions|
|8.||Court Ordered Parole Induction|
Prisoners received into the correctional system or a corrective services facility are informed about obligations, rights, entitlements and opportunities for changing their offending behaviour which enables them to make informed decisions about how they will undertake their sentence or remand period. This is in accordance with-
Safety and Security - Our Principles - Engagement 1. Managing prisoners as individuals and 2. Purposeful and active interaction between staff and prisoners
Refer - Safety and Security - Our Principles (in-confidence)
Chief Inspector Healthy Prisons 2007 - Standard 2 First Days in Custody
Refer - Healthy Prisons Handbook
Standard Guidelines for Corrections in Australia
Refer - Standard Guidelines for Corrections in Australia revised 2004 - Standard 1 Custody
The induction process must be undertaken with integrity and respect for confidentiality and dignity of individual prisoners.
All communication should incorporate a culturally appropriate style and pace appropriate to each prisoner and must ensure that the prisoner is fully informed and involved during all stages of the induction process.
The induction process is focussed on providing comprehensive and accurate information to prisoners (sentenced and remand) about their rights, entitlements and obligations and opportunities to change their behaviour within the corrective services system and relating to the specific location of the prisoner.
Refer Corrective Services Act 2006 (CSA) s. 11
The induction process is flexible and should be responsive to the needs of prisoners and is to utilise a variety of visual aids and resources to ensure effective transfer and retention of information to prisoners with special needs and incorporate a culturally appropriate style and pace appropriate for each prisoner.
The induction process must commence within two days of a prisoner's initial reception and be completed not more than one week after reception.
The general manager of a corrective services facility that is performing a reception function must develop an induction program that includes all relevant information in respect of the correctional system and the corrective services facility.
The general manager of a corrective services facility that is performing a placement function only must develop an induction program that includes all relevant information in respect of the corrective services facility.
The induction program should be presented in a group format whenever possible and must provide sufficient relevant information and be developed and presented by custodial and/or specialist programs staff. Prisoners may participate in the delivery of the induction program.
At a minimum the corrective services system induction program must include the following areas (* not required for remand prisoners) -
At a minimum the corrective services facility induction program must include the following areas (* not required for remand prisoners)-
.Each prisoner should have a thorough orientation of the facility including such areas as those designated for smoking, collection of mail, communal rooms, visits area, information/notice boards and prohibited or restricted areas. A corrective services officer should interview each prisoner and reiterate relevant information within one week of the prisoner's admission.
A general manager of a corrective services facility must develop a local procedure that outlines their facility's induction program. The local procedure will cover requirements listed at sections 3b) and 4 of this standard operating procedure and include the development of a local facility induction handbook.
Local procedures must outline that a copy of the Prisoner Information Booklet (including appendix - Offender Privacy Statement) must be provided to prisoners undertaking a section 3 system induction and a copy of the facility's local induction booklet is provided to prisoners undertaking a section 4 facility induction.
Refer standard operating procedure - Work Program - Management of Work Camps
Refer standard operating procedure - Employment of Prisoners
A prisoner's release/discharge dates and conditions must be checked for accuracy and explained to the prisoner if necessary.
Prisoners should also be advised that they will need to update their contact details upon release with various government agencies including, as relevant, Centrelink, Department of Communities (Housing) and Child Support Agency.
The district manager/supervisor will nominate a probation and parole officer to confirm the prisoner/s due for release to court ordered parole and personally visit the prisoner/s at the facility prior to the prisoner/s release.
Upon visiting the facility the probation and parole officer will-
It is expected a full induction will be completed by the respective District Offices once the prisoner has been released, refer Probation and Parole Guidelines , Community Based Orders and Parole Orders, Admission and Induction Induct as an Offender into a Community Based Order or Parole Order.
Refer procedure - Exit
Acting Deputy Commissioner, Custodial Operations