Tag Archives: gaol

Prison contraband?

By 29 June 2009

Jeremy Hanson is very excited by what he sees as a slip from John Hargreaves on prison security.
“Minister for Corrections John Hargreaves has let it slip that the reason drugs, razor blades and other contraband got inside the Alexander Maconochie Centre was because an important security system that would have prevented this breach safety was [...]

Where better than a prison to build a trap? What better things to build?

By 16 June 2009

John Hargreaves has proudly announced that he’s setting the residents of the Hume Hilton to work building Indian Myna bird traps for the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group (CIMAG).
In the way of Government this move apparently comes after the battle is over:
“When CIMAG originally formed in 2006, the Indian Myna was the third most abundant [...]

Weekend What? Huh?

By 15 June 2009

The Canberra Times has a report on the numbers of local crims who can’t get their weekend detention right and (presumably) end up doing normal prison time as a result.
More than one-third of the Canberra criminals sentenced to weekend jail in the past three years have failed to comply with their sentences, mostly by failing [...]

All the crims came home

By 4 June 2009

The ABC brings word that Canberra’s prisoners have been very rapidly thrown back by the interstate penal systems that were housing them. All the prisoners are now back here.
143 men and 17 lucky women are now staying at the Hume Hilton.

The prison makes Slashdot

By 26 May 2009

How excitement.
RiotACT’s spiritual parent Slashdot has a story about Canberra.
Interestingly it’s an ITnews story on the computers select inmates at the Hume Hilton are being given access to.
The news gets better; they’re running RiotACT’s operating system of choice Ubuntu.
We are, however, very curious as to whether RiotACT has made the select list of [...]

Certified convict coffee makers

By 25 May 2009

John Hargreaves has proudly announced that he’s been out to the prison to hand out certificates to the female inmates working towards being qualified cafe workers:
“The 12 female prisoners today graduated from the Certificate 1 unit in Hospitality Prepare and Serve Expresso Coffee which involved 15 hours of classroom time, as well as practical experience. [...]

Do we want NSW’s prisoners in the Hume Hilton?

By 25 May 2009

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is asking why there’s been no planning to sell spare beds at the new prison to over-crowded NSW.
Which is funny considering Mr Hanson has spent the last month telling us the prison was unfit to house anyone.
Leaving that aside, do we want to fill the prison to full capacity right away? [...]

The full litany of prison complaints

By 13 May 2009

The Liberals Jeremy Hanson has finally got his prison complaint list online. So here goes:
– The iris scanner only works after multiple attempts;
– The searching of visitors is intrusive and demeaning;
– The prison is freezing cold and prisoners have inadequate clothing:
– The food portions are inadequate;
– A mother and child were locked in the chamber [...]

Prisoners Whinge About New Gaol

By 11 May 2009

Unfortunately I can’t find a link, but was flicking through the Canberra Times today and came across an article regarding prisoner complaints (from AMC) regarding such things as small meal portions, poor quality food, lack of clothing provided, and the place being too cold.
I believe families of a couple of prisoners contacted the media, [...]

Kevin John Jones faces seven years of isolation

By 30 April 2009

The Canberra Times reports that the prison rapist Kevin John Jones, 50, has been sentenced to another seven years of imprisonment after being convicted of raping his young cellmate in the Belconnen Remand Centre.
The 50-year-old Jones, who has spent nearly a quarter of his life behind bars, was diagnosed in a pre-sentence psychological report [...]

The end of the Belconnen Remand Centre

By 28 April 2009

John Hargreaves has proudly announced the closure of the Black Hole of Belconnen, aka the Belconnen Remand Centre.
Minister for Corrections John Hargreaves MLA today announced that all prisoners from Belconnen Remand Centre (BRC) have been moved to the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). This means all ACT-based prisoners are now occupying the AMC.
“I am delighted [...]

Epic failure at the non-smoking prison.

By 17 April 2009

Having seen over many years the civil disobedience campaign waged by the smokers of Parliament House I’ll admit I was always intrigued by the idea of the hardened criminals of the new prison and their response to a happy clappy no-smoking regime.
The Canberra Times reports that in the few short days since the prison was [...]

Simon Wooldridge to be chaplain at the prison

By 14 April 2009

John Hargreaves has announced that Reverend Canon Simon Wooldridge will be the first pastoral care chaplain at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
“I am passionate about gaol chaplaincy so I am very excited about my new role,” Canon Wooldridge said.
“While I am a minister of a Christian denomination, my responsibilities are to all prisoners and custodial officers. [...]

Keep an eye out for route 88

By 7 April 2009

We can’t do bus services to the airport, but Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that his pet prison is going to be serviced by a new Route 88 to take visitors who lack cars out to the facility.
“Staff and visitors will benefit from new ACTION bus services to the AMC departing daily from the Woden [...]

The prison now has prisoners

By 31 March 2009

[First filed: March 30, 2009 @ 18:49]
John Hargreaves is trumpeting the stellar achievement of getting prisoners into the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
“Prisoners will be transferred to the AMC incrementally, beginning with prisoners currently held in ACT correctional facilities, followed by ACT sentenced prisoners in New South Wales. I am advised that all transfers should be completed [...]

Prison A-OK and opening this month?

By 18 March 2009

The ACT’s Minister for Corrections, John Hargreaves, is hitting back at recent criticism of his officially open prisoner-free prison (aka the Alexander Maconochie Centre).
“As Mr Hanson is well aware, the Alexander Maconochie Centre’s security system has been subject to independent and continual assessment since the inception of the project,” Mr Hargreaves said.
“This has been performed [...]

High comedy continues over the prison – Police hunt for leakers

By 18 March 2009

[First filed: March 17, 2009 @ 09:36]
The Canberra Times has an intriguing story about John Hargreaves calling in the police to protect the “integrity” of the non-functional security system at the prisoner free prison (aka the Alexander Maconochie Centre).
”I know the information [the reporter] has received contains a specificity that compromises the safety of the [...]

Terrorgraph savages the YMP (Yes Minister Prison)

By 5 March 2009

Even up in Sydney the repercussions of the most stupid prison in the world are being felt.
The Terrorgraph is very angry that NSW’s own overflowing prisons are being bunged up by Canberra’s worst while the Hume Hilton sits idle.
Likened to a luxury resort by critics, the $130 million low-security jail has been opened for [...]

Prison buggered to December?

By 27 February 2009

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is letting the world know that he has been digging around the prison woes with FOI laws and has come across Bovis Lend Lease (who I hear have removed their signage from the well staffed, but inmate free, prison) estimates that the faults in the prison security system won’t be rectified [...]

Prison buggered indefinitely

By 18 February 2009

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson brings word out of committee hearings that the electronic security system at the prison still doesn’t work and no-one knows when it will.
This is the prison that was officially opened before the election as a symbol of the Government’s competence.
So when will they bite the bullet and start shipping long term [...]

Chief Magistrate Ron Cahill brokering peace talks at the remand centre

By 10 February 2009

The Canberra Times has an interesting story on efforts by Chief Magistrate Ron Cahill to resolve legal action by detainees at the Belconnen Remand Centre who are unhappy about conditions there.
Minister for Corrections, John Hargreaves, is refusing to comment, which suggests he’s not thrilled by the latest development.

Hargreaves rattled on corrections?

By 9 February 2009

Minister for Corrections, John Hargreaves, has had a big spray about what he sees as the weakness of the Liberals policies on corrections.
It starts with a fighting headline: Hargreaves tells Liberals to put up or shut up.
And goes on to give us a history lesson in Liberal party policy making in the area:
“In March 2007, [...]

Prisoners complaining more

By 6 February 2009

The Canberra Times reports that ACT Corrective Services have seen a big jump in complaints.
Complaints against ACT Corrective Services have jumped nearly 60 per cent in the past year as inmates in Belconnen Remand Centre buck against conditions in the facility.
The figures come as an inmate who voiced his concerns about conditions in the [...]

Quamby to take the overflow

By 3 February 2009

In the ongoing shambles of ACT Corrections the ABC now reports that the old Quamby youth detention centre is going to be used to house people who probably won’t try and run away.
“Acting Corrections Minister Simon Corbell says the former Quamby site will be used for periodic detention prisoners and low security inmates.
“Juveniles from the [...]

Simon sanguine over prison inquiry

By 22 January 2009

The ABC brings word that the Legislative Assembly’s Justice and Community Safety Committee is going to inquire as to why the long ago officially opened prison in Hume remains empty of prisoners.
Chairwoman Vicki Dunne says the committee will be seeking documents from the Government.
She says the terms of reference will be wide ranging.
“They relate [...]

Remand Centre Riot!

By 7 January 2009

The Canberra Times is very excited by a riot in the remand centre.
“Prison officers were punched in the head and face during a riot at the Belconnen Remand Centre.
Six of the officers were treated at the Canberra Hospital for injuries suffered during the wild brawl in the centre’s F Yard accommodation block on Monday.
Nine inmates [...]

Prison break reveals lack of literary depth at the Canberra Times.

By 12 December 2008

The Canberra Times has what could have been a short piece on a Belconnen Remand Centre inmate (or are we meant to call them a “resident” these days?) caught trying to tunnel to freedom.
The story is significantly padded by references to the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”. As if that movie is the only prison break [...]

Prison opening delayed again

By 6 December 2008

Lovers of black comedy await with bated breathe the opportunity for Canberra’s incarcerated population to come into contact with the shiny new human rights compliant prison (aka the Alexander Maconochie Centre) on the edge of town.
Sadly for them the Canberra Times reports that despite an “official” opening before the election the actualy commencement of operations [...]

Speech on Suicide, self harm and the new ACT Prison

By 27 November 2008

[ 2 December 2008 at 12:30 pm; ] Tuesday 2nd December 12.30 – 1:30 pm
ACT Legislative Assembly, Reception Room
Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City

Community Coalition on Corrections  & VYNE @ OzHelp

Suicide and Self-harm & the new ACT prison

Speaker: Professor James Ogloff,
Professor of Clinical Forensic Psychology and Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Monash University and Director of Psychological Services, Victorian Institute [...]

Train wreck in ACT Corrections, are we surprised we hear about it now?

By 21 October 2008

The ABC brings word of a distressingly unsurprising SNAFU with the new prison:
ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell says the company installing the system appears to have underestimated the complexity of the task.
The delay is causing overcrowding in the ACT’s remand centres.
Mr Corbell says the problem has been magnified because New South Wales jails have been [...]

The prison doors open…

By 15 September 2008

[First filed: September 11, 2008 @ 14:56]
The Chief Minister has announced the opening of his great legacy, the Alexander Maconochie Centre in Hume.
Or, as Mr. Stanhope would prefer for it to be known:
“the first Australian prison built according to human rights principles.”
More info on the prison and a lovely picture of Simon Corbell can [...]

Unconsidered issues with the new prison?

By 3 August 2008

A comment from Miz that I felt deserved a wider audience on the subject of the new prison:
One thing the ACT corrective services clearly haven’t thought of, is how many prisoners, either Territory or federal, who did their crime in the ACT but are currently in a NSW prison, actually want to come to the [...]

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