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The prison doors open…

By johnboy - 15 September 2008 112

[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 be found at www.cs.act.gov.au/amc/home.

UPDATED: For a taste of something truly repellent try the audio from the ABC news of Mr. Stanhope comparing sending prisoners from Canberra to NSW today with transportation from England to Australia in the 18th century. Get a grip you big girl’s blouse.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Indian press is gobsmacked by this development.

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112 Responses to
The prison doors open…
Spitfire3 10:03 am 12 Sep 08

Maybe it’s a brilliant ploy to turn tough nuts into softies, so we can all handle them easier when they decide to rob us. We don’t want crims as tough as soldiers.

peterh 9:51 am 12 Sep 08

Special G said :

It is my understanding people receive some sort of allowance whilst in prison – someone more in the know can correct me on this one. They still maintain their ACT govt house until they get out so someone must be footing the bill.

Not bitching DMD, I had a great time doing my training, it was a challenge. Just making a comparison between the luxuries prison inmates get to have compared to those who choose to put their lives on the line for Australia. Hardships and discipline turned us into soldiers. Luxury and touchy feely approach turns you into – well things don’t change you stay a crook.

as did I.

though Airforce Cannon fodder is a bit different, still a blue grunt though.

re the public housing allocation, they should be de-allocated and have to hit the queue again. no point having a house sit vacant when there are families crammed into bad living conditions in a small unit….

Special G 7:01 am 12 Sep 08

It is my understanding people receive some sort of allowance whilst in prison – someone more in the know can correct me on this one. They still maintain their ACT govt house until they get out so someone must be footing the bill.

Not bitching DMD, I had a great time doing my training, it was a challenge. Just making a comparison between the luxuries prison inmates get to have compared to those who choose to put their lives on the line for Australia. Hardships and discipline turned us into soldiers. Luxury and touchy feely approach turns you into – well things don’t change you stay a crook.

Matto 5:39 am 12 Sep 08

I have to agree with SG. Sure he chose to serve in our forces, and good on you for doing that, but this type of “schooling” should be impletmented in these rehab institutes. They’re not in there for a holiday at our expense, sure, they can’t go futher than the compound, well, boo bloody hoo. Many of them have had the chance to right themselves, as our court system has shown, and there is plenty of resources for doing so, but why should me, the hard working tax payer foot the bill for club med? If you’re in the system, you’re priveliges,eg. tv, roast dinners, etc, should be revoked. Bread and water fellas. What’s that? Butter? Sorry, privelige.

Deadmandrinking 10:18 pm 11 Sep 08

Special G said :

So the time I spent locked up, living in a tent, getting beasted every morning until I was ready to pass out, hard labour everyday and plenty of nights as well was against human rights principles. More likely just called basic infantry training.

The prison systems attempts at rehabilitation is a joke. Start with drug rehab – then get onto some imposed discipline and once they can show self discipline and that they are rehabilitated (demonstatrated life skills/employment skills) then let them out. Sentences are maximum and reduced by the prisoner themselves. If they prove not to be rehabilitated then they stay at her majestys pleasure.

Didn’t you get paid for that basic training? Weren’t you doing it for your own personal benefit. If the army is too hard for you – don’t do it and don’t b*tch.

Special G 9:49 pm 11 Sep 08

So the time I spent locked up, living in a tent, getting beasted every morning until I was ready to pass out, hard labour everyday and plenty of nights as well was against human rights principles. More likely just called basic infantry training.

The prison systems attempts at rehabilitation is a joke. Start with drug rehab – then get onto some imposed discipline and once they can show self discipline and that they are rehabilitated (demonstatrated life skills/employment skills) then let them out. Sentences are maximum and reduced by the prisoner themselves. If they prove not to be rehabilitated then they stay at her majestys pleasure.

MRB 9:10 pm 11 Sep 08

I’m all for rehabilitation under the right circumstances.

However, it seems that the persons who think it is important that prisons (whether for adults or juveniles) are able to rehabilitate their prisoners are missing an important point.

People who end up in such institutions as a result of a conviction have 99% of the time been before the courts several times before. I’d like to know how many 1st time offenders have been sent to prison in the last few years (well, even 2nd, 3rd, 4th time offenders in the ACT at least…). I suspect I could count the number on one hand.

My point being, people who end up in prison (not remanded in custody awaiting trial etc) have usually been given plenty of prior chances by the court to rehabilitate themselves. They haven’t done so, therefore they have ended up in prison.

I can’t help but think that focusing the AMC on ‘rehabilitation’ is rather pointless.

Deadmandrinking 9:09 pm 11 Sep 08

Ralph said :

I am absolutely disgusted by this facility.

How about the rights of the victims? The people who have been bashed, murdered, raped, and had their houses robbed.

The maggots going into this ‘rehabilitation facility’ have lost their rights. They have no rights to sports facilities, TVs, board games, art. Bread and water is all they deserve.

While the rest of us are out working to pay for mortgages/rent, food, dental and medical. These people get three squares a day, a roof over their head and medical dental all provided courtesy of taxpayers. At the very least these people should be put to work maintaining public facilities like parks and roads. Chain ’em up and put them to work.

Keep voting Labor, dip shits.

Yes, we all work very hard to be locked up 24/7 in our homes, don’t we? None of us get medicare either. We would never get any money did we not work. None at all.

ant 9:04 pm 11 Sep 08

They had to hold the opening today, as to hold it tomorrow would have clashed with that very momentous event, the grand opening of the DFO shops.

Ralph 8:49 pm 11 Sep 08

I am absolutely disgusted by this facility.

How about the rights of the victims? The people who have been bashed, murdered, raped, and had their houses robbed.

The maggots going into this ‘rehabilitation facility’ have lost their rights. They have no rights to sports facilities, TVs, board games, art. Bread and water is all they deserve.

While the rest of us are out working to pay for mortgages/rent, food, dental and medical. These people get three squares a day, a roof over their head and medical dental all provided courtesy of taxpayers. At the very least these people should be put to work maintaining public facilities like parks and roads. Chain ’em up and put them to work.

Keep voting Labor, dip shits.

teepee 8:30 pm 11 Sep 08

And how many of these recidivist criminals will show any respect for human rights next time they terrorise an elderly person during a home invasion, or ruin a struggling small business by stealing cash and assets, or brutalist some poor bugger and leave them in a pool of blood in Civic?

How many play stations, TVs, artworks, sports fields and tennis courts does it take to make a “human rights” prison?

Stanhope spares no cash on his hobbyhorse obsessions, but has no hestitation in selling the community short on basic services.

spoonbill 7:48 pm 11 Sep 08

And what about human rights for the victims of crime? This government really has its priorities arse about face!

neanderthalsis 5:08 pm 11 Sep 08

“the first Australian prison built according to human rights principles.”

makes it sound like a free range chook farm.

b2 4:43 pm 11 Sep 08

what a lovely website

H1NG0 3:45 pm 11 Sep 08

It is well behind schedule. Don’t expect any prisoners for a while although the Government will be under pressure to get prisoners in there before Christmas, however they are more likely to be the well behaved and low risk prisoners. I woulsn’t mind betting that it won’t be fully operational until next year.

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