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Damning report, but worse kept hidden

Written by on September 17, 2020

  • Chronic
    problems in prison system repeatedly highlighted
  • Damning
    leaked report MIA
  • Elise
    Archer can’t fix what she won’t acknowledge

A
report tabled in State Parliament this week highlights ongoing and serious
problems in Tasmania’s prison system, but more worryingly doesn’t appear to
tell the full story.

Shadow Minister for Corrections Ella Haddad said the government tried to deflect attention from a damning report leaked last month, and that report now appears to be missing in action.

“The
report tabled this week points to concerning issues hampering rehabilitation of
prisoners.

“An
overcrowded, overstretched system means frequent lockdowns and the suspension
of important rehabilitation programs for inmates. And lack of training
for correctional officers further hampers the  delivery of those programs.

“Damning
as the tabled report is, it covers only some of the worrying content of the report
leaked last month, which highlighted shocking levels of overtime, workers compensation,
nepotism and bullying.

“The
question for Elise Archer is what’s happened to that report?

“We know this government is not above pressuring the custodial inspector when they don’t like what a document says.

“Tasmania’s prison system is in crisis, we’ve known that for a long time. Elise Archer must accept that she can’t fix a problem she won’t acknowledge.”

Ella Haddad
Shadow Minister for Corrections

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