5 November 2020

Police investigate detainee stabbing at AMC

| Dominic Giannini
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Alexander Maconochie Centre

A detainee has been stabbed at the AMC. Photo: File.

Police are investigating the stabbing of a detainee in his cell at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) on Sunday (1 November).

The man was reportedly stabbed with an improvised weapon.

“ACT Corrective Services cannot provide further details while this incident is the subject of a police investigation”, a Justice and Community Services Directorate spokesperson said.

“ACTCS is committed to maintaining a reasonable and appropriate balance between affording detainees the decency to utilise basic goods, and addressing safety and security risks where items have been misused.

“Detainees and cells are regularly searched for contraband items, and ACTCS takes all appropriate actions if an improvised weapon is located.”

ACTCS does not make incidences of assaults public but the spokesperson said the number of serious assaults had halved since 2018-19.

“There were 58 detainee-on-detainee assaults and eight incidences of serious assault between detainees in 2019-20.

“Strong guidelines are in place under the Inspector of Correctional Services Act 2017 to ensure that critical incidents are notified to the Inspector of Correctional Services.

“ACTCS refers all assaults to ACT Policing, and there are a number of open referrals underway.”

ACT Policing has been approached for comment.

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