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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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Review into DDYDC - Kendrick 21 April 2017 10 Binsaris Binsaris came into DDYDC on14 March 2017 and was placed in the HSU. The following day he was moved to K Block (medium security) and on 18 March he was moved to S Block (low security) on approval of the Superintendent. There was no formal risk assessment or reason documented for these moves to occur. The Superintendent stated this decision was based on: Binsariss previous good behaviours whilst in detention; previous low security placements including supervised trips outside of detention; previous escapes having been historical (May 2015 last); that it was not an ideal situation to house Binsaris within K Block (medium security) with challenges of interaction relatively to a generally younger demographic in K Block at that time; and K Block having at that time more detainees (13) than beds (9). At the time of the escape Binsaris was still formally classified as Medium Security and was being housed in the Low Security wing contrary to the current Directive. General Decision Making In the post incident debrief it was apparent that the guidance provided by the current Detainee Classification Directive was not applied by those involved in the decisions to transfer Binsaris and Mawson to Low Security accommodation particularly the relationship between Risk Classifications and Bedding Placements. The Case Manager and the Superintendent appeared to have minimal working knowledge of the current Classification Directive and did not appear to be familiar with the following: Detainees with significant history of escape from custody will not be eligible for housing in the medium/low security section, but may move through the classification system and its rewards by being housed in the maximum security section subject to approval by the Commissioner2 2 NT DOCS Youth Justice DDYDC Interim SOP Detainee Classification December 2014, p4.