Title: Detention Units
Category: Safety and Security
Implement Date: 15 August 2008
Application: Custodial Operations
Appendices and Forms
|1.||Accommodation in detention unit|
|1.1||Breach of discipline|
|2.||Duties of officers carrying out duties in a detention unit|
|11.||Video/audio tapes and archiving|
|12.||Code of conduct|
To ensure consistent management of prisoners accommodated in a detention unit within a corrective services facility.
A detention unit provides for the accommodation of a prisoner who has been found to have committed a breach of discipline and has been ordered to undergo a period of separate confinement.
A detention unit may also provide accommodation for a prisoner if the chief executive has made a safety order in respect of the prisoner under section 53 of the Corrective Services Act 2006 (CSA).
Officers carrying out duties in a detention unit must ensure that-
A file must be established for a prisoner placed in a detention unit. The file must include-
A supervisor must check the file of each prisoner placed in the detention unit once during his/her shift or as required under any observation regime. This check should assess information recorded on the file and whether further action needs to be taken for individual cases.
The contents of the file must be transferred to the prisoner's offender file when the period of detention is completed.
A supervisor must ensure that any officer entering the unit is aware of his/her responsibility for entering details in case files and the unit log book as required.
Refer procedures - Gate Books, Log Books and Registers; Offender File Management (excluding Medical File) (in-confidence)
The general manager must document the daily routine and privileges for prisoners detained in the detention unit. Refer appendices - Daily Routine Detention Unit; Behaviour Requirements Separate Confinement; Detention Unit Prisoner Accommodation Conditions Sheet
Only those persons authorised by the general manager may access a detention unit.
The general manager must determine and provide for the required level of intervention by specialist staff and their access to the unit.
The general manager must specify the minimum requirements for staff accessing a cell and escort arrangements, which take into account the reasons for detention.
The general manager must provide for a prisoner's needs in accordance with the reason for his/her confinement in a detention unit. Subject to the safety and security of a corrective services facility, consideration must be given for access to-
For further details regarding a prisoner undergoing separate confinement refer CSR s 5; appendix - Authorised Property Separate Confinement and At Risk Observations.
A prisoner detained in the detention unit under this procedure must be examined by a doctor in compliance with CSA ss 57 (safety order), 121 (separate confinement).
Officers must immediately refer any medical needs of a detention unit prisoner to the Queensland Health Nurse Unit Manager and/or registered nurse. The Nurse Unit Manager must be responsible for ensuring that referred medical needs are met.
The general manager or nominee, in consultation with the Nurse Unit Manager, where applicable, may determine more frequent services in accordance with a prisoner's medical needs or the operational needs of the facility. A record of that consultation must be placed in the unit log and recorded on the prisoner's file as listed in section 3 of this procedure.
If a prisoner requires medical treatment that cannot be provided in the detention unit, the prisoner must be removed to the Queensland Health centre located within the facility with the approval of the general manager.
The general manager of the corrective services facility must provide for the use and storage of video/audio tapes used in a detention unit and account for all tapes used in a register containing the following information-
Tapes, which depict the commission of an offence in a detention unit, must be treated as evidence and removed from circulation, secured and signed for by the general manager of the corrective services facility.
Refer procedure - Preservation of a Crime Scene and Evidence
The general manager of a facility must ensure that all personnel operating closed circuit television monitoring and recording devices are instructed on and acknowledge the intent of the Agency's Code of Conduct and procedure - Use of Information and Communication Technology Facilities and Devices.
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