Urgent call to address Tasmania's prison problems

Urgent call to address Tasmania's prison problems
Urgent call to address Tasmania's prison problems
Urgent call to address Tasmania's prison problems with many failing to provide inmates with their basic human rights Tasmanian jails are reportedly failing to give prisoners their basic human rights Many are not allowed adequate time outside of their cells, new report shows Usually, prisoners are allowed an hour outside of their cell every day

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Tasmania's jails are too often failing to provide prisoners with the basic human right of adequate time outside their cells, according to a report which has called for urgent state government action.

The custodial inspector's report, released on Thursday, examined lockdowns across the island's five adult custodial centres during December 2020.

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It found there were 605 lockdowns in total, with almost 31 per cent of those due to staff shortages.

Custodial Inspector Richard Connock said that, under the Corrections Act 1997, prisoners are required to have the 'basic human right' of at least one hour per day outside their cell.

The custodial inspector's report, released on Thursday, examined lockdowns across the island's five adult custodial centres during December 2020

The custodial inspector's report, released on Thursday, examined lockdowns across the island's five adult custodial centres during December 2020

He said while the Tasmanian Prison Service (TPS) had good intentions to deliver the allocation, too often it was not being delivered.

'Unfortunately, this has been the case for my entire tenure as inspector and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency,' he

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