26 October 2006

New prison not big enough?

| johnboy
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AAP’s Kate Corbett is reporting a bit of a disappointment in the new prison.

ACT Opposition justice spokesman Bill Stefaniak said he was concerned some low-risk female prisoners would be mixed with those awaiting sentence. He said that would breach the ACT Government’s own human rights act.

Simon Corbell thinks the problem can be overcome with careful management. If only careful management were a hallmark of Governance in the ACT.

I am however pleased to see that “The Opposition agreed with Mr Stefaniak’s comparison of the jail to the Taj Mahal”. Good to see Bill agrees with himself.

So is the prison too soft Bill? Or is it breaching human rights? Or would you like more rights to be breeched?

UPDATE: VYBerlinaV8 has sent in the following picture he took of the “7 foot long by 3 and a half foot wide, and about 6 and a half foot tall” cells from Alcatraz as a possible example of the sort of thing Mr. Stanhope doesn’t want to have at his prison.

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Build it to the Alcatraz blueprint, make an impression on people,it would be a frightening thought to end up in these cells. A DVD supplied holiday farm is by comparison much less of a crime deterrent.Tour the schools as part of a crime awareness campaign showing these cells.

Absent Diane of the Imminent Present10:24 am 27 Oct 06

yeah good point seepi.

depends on how hot she looked seepi 😉

yes but who would you rather have living mext door to you when they get out – someone who played football and gardened, or someone who spent years in a tiny cage?

Absent Diane of the Imminent Present1:49 pm 26 Oct 06

yeah that is looking pretty outrageous. Why would people pay $40/week housing commish rent when they can commit crime and go somewhere nicer.

Am I reading the Master Plan correctly?! …

3 Basketball courts, an oval big enough to play AFL on, a “town square” and space for horticultural activities.

This looks more like an elite gated community than a prison. Given the state of housing affordability in the ACT I might be tempted to commit a few crimes myself and get free luxury accommodation!!!

Master Plan

Technically those convicted of a crime and given a custodial sentence go to gaol AS punishment, not FOR punishment.

Absent Diane of the Imminent Present12:09 pm 26 Oct 06

I might be asking something dumb (if I am sorry).. but does anyone know the size of the cells at this thing?

“7 foot long by 3 and a half foot wide, and about 6 and a half foot tall” …

Sounds like a house in Jerra…

For fucks sake. they are supposed to be going to prison for punishment.
Make the cells 5 foot long by 3 foot wide, and about only 5 foot tall I say. And sleep 3 per cell.

Absent Diane of the Imminent Present11:34 am 26 Oct 06

seems like a good size to me.

VY I agree go old school onthem. Chain gangs and the works.

Anyone seen the size of the cells in Alcatraz? Now THAT’S a jail.

Turn the cells into sleeping cubicles like they have in Japan – Stack em’ floor to ceiling.

Small enough VY ?

It will not be too small.

Once the Revolving Door of ACT Sentencing is installed at the main gate to the prison, no one will be staying more than 3 nights in the place!

Make the cells smaller. MUCH smaller.

A hallmark feature of governments is their ability to take capacity planning head on and completely fuck it up every time.

Absent Diane of the Imminent Present9:26 am 26 Oct 06

stefaniak wouldn’t know his elbow from his arse.

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