The Minister for Corrections Shane Rattenbury admitted in the Legislative Assembly yesterday that over the last 12 months, up to 32 women at a time have been housed in a facility with only 29 beds, Shadow Minister for Women and Corrections Giulia Jones said today.
“The women’s section of the Alexander Maconochie Centre has 29 beds, but in the last 12 months it has been stretched beyond capacity, housing 32 women on some nights,” Mrs Jones said.
“Minister Rattenbury openly admits that the women’s population in the AMC has been steadily increasing. Mr Rattenbury also admits that he is aware that the proportion of women prisoners is increasing as a proportion of the population across Australia over the last few years.
“It is not acceptable that the government has known the women’s population has been on the increase in the AMC and has done nothing to address this.
“Now the women’s section is overflowing, yet he has no coherent plan that he can outline until August this year to address the issue.
“Women prisoners are not being given the same attention as the men. I expected better from the Minister.
“The Minister acknowledged that many women prisoners have experienced a history of abuse. The last thing that incarcerated women need is an overcrowded facility. I am appalled,” Mrs Jones concluded.