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Submission of the Ombudsmen - Corrections Amendment Bill

Prisoners / Corrections
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 Our main functions that are relevant to this submission are to:

  • investigate state sector administration and decision making under the Ombudsmen Act; and

  • monitor and inspect places of detention for cruel and inhuman treatment under the Crimes of Torture Act (COTA).

We had a limited opportunity to comment on the draft Corrections Amendment Bill (the Bill) and some amendments were made as a consequence of our submissions.  However, there remain other matters which concern us.  This submission is concerned with the following clauses of the Bill: 

  •  restraint of prisoners;
  • health centre managers;

  • minimum entitlements;

  • search of prisoners; and

  • testing prisoners for alcohol and drugs.

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