Title: Interviewing Offenders
Category: Offender Management
Implement Date: 28 August 2006
Application: Custodial / Community Operations
Appendices and Forms
|1.||Approval for access to a corrective service facility|
|2.||Approval to interview an offender|
|3.||Conduct of interviews|
|4.||Approval to conduct research|
|5.||Access by media|
To provide an approval process for an external organisation or a person who wishes to interview an offender.
A public, private or community organisation or a person may be granted access to an offender in a corrective services facility to help meet specific needs. Approval may be granted as part of a program of rehabilitation or for an approved activity, for example, post-release employment assistance, alcoholics anonymous or to meet an offender group need, for example, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Elder or a counselling service provider.
Approval to conduct a program or activity may be granted by a contract or by arrangement with the Department. In all cases however approval for entry into a corrective services facility must be granted by the general manager of the facility and the provisions of section 3 of this procedure apply.
Except for an offender's lawyer, an employee of a law enforcement agency or the Ombudsman, no other person may interview an offender or obtain a written or recorded statement from an offender without the approval of the chief executive or delegate. Note: only the chief executive may grant approval for media access to an offender.
Refer Corrective Services Act 2006 (CSA) s 132.
An accredited visitor, other than a person authorised under (CSA), s 132(2) while carrying out the functions of his/her office or position, may visit an offender, however must not interview the offender without specific approval.
The chief executive or delegate (refer CSA, s 132(2)(d)) may grant approval for an offender to be interviewed provided-
Refer administrative form - Request to Interview an Offender/Photograph Facility
Approval to conduct research must first be obtained prior to seeking approval for a research related interview. Refer section 4 of this procedure.
The written consent of an offender must be obtained prior to an interview being conducted or a written or recorded statement obtained from the offender unless by a person authorised under CSA, s 132(2). Refer administrative form - Consent for Interview
An interview must occur out of the hearing but within the sight of a corrective services officer.
A register recording details of an approved interview must be maintained and contain the-
An offender's written consent and a copy of any statement taken must be kept with the register.
may be granted by the Director, Research and Planning.
The approval to conduct research does not authorise access to a corrective services facility or an offender. Approval to access a corrective services facility or to interview an offender must be obtained in accordance with sections 1 and 2 of this procedure.
Refer procedure - Media Access and Public Speaking Engagements
F P Rockett
28/08/2006 Version 02 - 15/08/2005 Version 01 - 11/07/2001 Version 00