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Queensland Corrective Services recommendations

The Review made 83 recommendations. These have been sorted into work programs for implementation.

One of the work programs contains recommendations made for Queensland Corrective Services.

Recommendations

Recommendation 40 (status – completed)

The Review recommends that the current policy should be amended to ensure that it is consistent with, and reflects, applicable legislation. (14.R1)

Queensland Corrective Services is reviewing all custodial operational practice directives (COPD). As part of this review, the Facility Security COPD was amended on 25 September 2017 to ensure the use of force requirements are aligned with s.143 of the Corrective Services Act 2006.

Recommendation 41 (status – in progress)

The Review recommends that, in considering whether or not to use restraints, regard should be had to whether there was any other way to stop the conduct. (14.R2)

Queensland Corrective Services will review its control and restraint training and manual to ensure it reflects the Review’s recommendations and findings. Control and restraint re-accreditation training will also be changed from three yearly to every 12 months by June 2018.

Recommendation 42 (status – in progress)

The Review recommends that corrective services officers should be counselled and re-trained on the specific situations in which it is appropriate to use force, in particular restraints, under the Corrective Services Act 2006.

  • Such training to include de-escalation techniques and identification of alternative strategies to be employed before utilising physical restraint of a prisoner, for a discipline purpose, as a last resort.
  • Such training to include appropriate documentation and record keeping to ensure that managers are kept informed of all incidents of physical restraint. (14.R3)

Queensland Corrective Services will review its control and restraint training and manual to ensure it reflects the Review’s recommendations and findings. Control and restraint re-accreditation training will change from three yearly to every 12 months by June 2018.

Recommendation 43 (status – completed)

The Queensland Government write to Young Person ‘A1’ and apologise for the unlawful segregation. (14.R4)

On 22 September 2017, the Acting Commissioner, Queensland Corrective Services wrote to young person A1 and formally apologised for the unlawful segregation.

Last reviewed
30 October 2017
Last updated
25 October 2017

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