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Review of security at Don Dale complete



Review of security at Don Dale complete


Wakefield, Dale Suzanne

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Australian Labor Party


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Youth; Prisons; Infrastructure; Security

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Northern Territory Government

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Review into DDYDC - Kendrick 21 April 2017 8 Recommendation 3 The current review into the Detainee Classification Directive be completed as a priority with a joint process involving the Department, DDYDC staff and Danila Dilba Health Services and to further include consideration of detainees needs. Recommendation 4 The Department consider a programme to provide a support person for detainees from the time of their initial classification and detention at the DDYDC. CURRENT PRACTICES OF DETAINEE CLASSIFICATION PROCESSES In the Post-Incident Debrief on 11 April 2017, those staff involved in the classifications process provided a summary of what generally now occurs in regards to CC meetings and also what occurred in the specific classification reviews of the two escapees. As will be seen the practical application departs from the current endorsed Directive. The general process that is being applied is as follows: The CC comprises the Case Manager (Psychologist), the Senior YJO (however the Shift Supervisor is preferred) and the Indigenous Support Officer. Detainees that arrive at DDYDC are assessed upon arrival in respect to self-harm, medical issues and classification. By and large this results in a Medium Risk Classification, never a Low Risk and sometimes a High Risk. If detainees are classified High Risk they automatically go into the High Security Unit (HSU). If Medium Risk they will go into K Block (medium security - male). There is no Unclassified Black level currently being applied at the DDYDC A classification review is then done within the prescribed period (2 weeks if High Risk / 4 weeks if Medium Risk) and the appropriate new Classification is made. During classification the CC generally only takes into account detainee behaviour for the preceding assessment period. The CC does not generally take into account detainees historical custody behaviour including any history of escape. It was however noted that assessments, both formal and informal, appear to take into account previous progressive demonstrations of detainees behaviour.