Title: Meaningful Activity for Prisoners
Category: Offender Management
Implement Date: 1 November 2010
Application: Custodial Operations
Ownership: Custodial Operations
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Corrective services facilities must provide prisoner access to meaningful activities which promote the positive use of an prisoner's leisure time.
A meaningful activity is an approved activity undertaken by a prisoner which may not be included in the prisoner's offender management plan. The activity should engage the prisoner in a pro-social manner and promote a healthy lifestyle.
A Unit Manager organises a table tennis tournament within the unit with the intention to constructively engage prisoners to interact with each other and supervising officers.
An Activities Officer schedules a regular supervised hobbies session in the gymnasium.
When determining whether to approve a meaningful activity, the following must be considered-
A structured plan of meaningful activities is to be developed at the commencement of each calendar year. The plan will provide for the delivery of recreational activities, approved hobbies and education aimed at encouraging prisoners to exercise and participate in a healthy lifestyle.
The plan must follow the underpinning principles outlined in section 2 - Principles.
The plan should provide for all prisoners to have an opportunity to participate in at least one hour of meaningful activity per day, including group activities.
Supervision of prisoners by corrective services officers in high security facilities is to be provided for all sporting activities, inclusive of participation in gymnasium and oval.
The general manager of a facility must determine suitable recreational equipment to be made available to prisoners, including equipment provided in accommodation areas. For secure accommodation areas, refer appendix - Recreational Equipment for Prisoners in Secure Accommodation Areas.
Recreational equipment to satisfy legitimate needs is to be maintained and supplemented as required from the Offender Amenities Account.
No free/loose weights are to be permitted in a corrective services facility.
Prisoners may access equipment and supplies for any approved hobbies. Hobby tools, implements and materials are to be accessed by prisoners in a controlled manner and in a controlled environment.
Corrective services facilities are to maintain a record of prisoner participation in meaningful activities. The record will include-
Refer appendix - Example Meaningful Activities Register