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 opened the fire brigade has been called out 33 times responding to alarms triggered by cigarette smoke.
- An Emergency Services Authority spokesman said the Fire Brigade had responded to 33 calls to the Alexander Maconochie Centre, responding to automatic fire alarms triggered by the centre’s ultra-sensitive smoke alarm system.
We can only hope no-one’s house burns down while units are tied up telling prisoners to butt out.
UPDATED: In a masterful piece of cognitive dissonance John Hagreaves has just announced what a wonderful “hive of activity” his prison is:
- “All prisoners suitable for employment are currently engaged in work at the AMC such as cleaning, kitchen, laundry and horticultural duties. And in an Australian first, the AMC has 100% participation in vocational education and training (VET) programs,” Mr Hargreaves said.
“Almost 80% of prisoners at AMC have already completed rehabilitation plans with case managers which stipulate their individual needs. In support, there is currently underway a comprehensive assessment for associated therapeutic programs.