Government action needed following damning Custodial Inspections

Tasmanian Labor
  • Reports outline security flaws, inadequate facilities and staff pressures
  • Government must act to protect correctional officers and the community
  • Two
    Custodial Inspector’s reports, tabled in Parliament today, raise serious
    concerns with correctional and youth detention facilities around Tasmania.

    Minister for Corrections Ella Haddad said the Hodgman Government must act
    immediately to prioritise community safety and the wellbeing of correctional
    officers and inmates.

    Inspection of Adult Custodial Services confirms there are serious problems with
    current facilities and staffing levels.

    Hodgman Government’s failure to properly invest in correctional officers is
    causing significant issues for prisoner management and staff wellbeing,” Ms
    Haddad said.

    regularly hear terrible stories from correctional officers and their families
    about the state of our prisons, and today’s report confirms the Government
    needs to do more.

    mainly due to staff-shortages, are happening too often and have a devastating
    impact on staff and prisoners alike.

    Government is having more and more trouble recruiting and retaining people to
    work in the prison system, because of just how broken it is.

    facilities have not been quarantined from the Liberals’ $450 million in
    cuts. I hope the report today makes Will Hodgman and Elise Archer take
    notice – these services can’t afford any more cuts.”

    Minister for Child Safety Josh Willie said the Inspection of Youth Custodial
    Services paints a bleak picture of security at the Ashley Youth Detention

    report contains serious and wide-ranging examples of flaws in the security at

    important for Tasmania to have a youth justice facility that keeps both young
    people and the community safe – so it is vital the Government acts with urgency
    on the findings in the report.

    “Young people and staff at Ashley deserve better from Will Hodgman and Roger Jaensch.”

    Ella Haddad MP

    Shadow Minister for Corrections

    Josh Willie MLC

    Shadow Minister for Child Safety

    /Public Release. View in full here.