ACT Shadow Minister for Corrections, Giulia Jones called on the ACT Government, during Legislative Assembly proceedings yesterday, to outline what they have done to address security issues arising at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). There have been a number of serious security failings the AMC and it’s time the Labor-Greens Government finally took action, Mrs Jones said today.
“Over its 8 years of operation the AMC has had more than five reviews including recommendations undertaken into its performance yet we are still seeing significant security issues occurring,” Mrs Jones said.
“Just over the last two years there have been significant security breaches at our local prison, including two prisoners escaping, a death of a prisoner in custody, mobile phones being used by prisoners and fights between inmates being posted to social media.
“These are all major issues that must be looked into and addressed immediately and I’m concerned that there has been little to no action to date from this government.
“My motion called on the government to collate all the recommendations ever made into a single list and to report on which have been undertaken and which have not and to present this information to the Assembly and therefore to all Canberrans.
“It is time that the Minister got serious about doing all he can to resolve the problems in our prison, for the safety and security of detainees and the broader population.
“I am pleased that the Minister decided that collating recommendations the government has previously agreed to is worthwhile and has committed to reporting back to the Assembly in May 2017,” Mrs Jones said.