The ACT Human Rights Commissioner has delivered a rather poor assessment of the current corrections system in the territory.
Persons being held in our remand centers are being subjected to the same degrading and dehumanizing treatment that one expects from a full on prison, whether they deserve it or not. Frequent strip searches, drug testing and S&M, oh I mean restraints for one’s own safety. In one case, a mentally ill person with HIV and pneumonia was chained to his bed!
See the story at ABC News Online here.
Okay, drug testing and strip searches are a must in full scale prisons where people have been found guilty and where drugs and smuggling items into prisons are a big issue. But in remand, this is overkill. It doesn’t exactly make things look any better for the new prison. However, Simon Corbell says the commissioner’s findings only add credence to the Government’s case for a new prison.