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Department of Justice annual report 2005 - 2006



Department of Justice annual report 2005 - 2006

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Annual report 2005-2006


Northern Territory. Department of Justice


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Includes "Correctional Services annual statistics 2005-2006".; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




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Northern Territory Government

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Department of Justice annual report; Annual report





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Attorney-General's Department of the Northern Territory annual report

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Department of Law annual report

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Northern Territory Government



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54 Additionally, support programs were provided to assist with rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners such as: Domestic Violence Counselling Service program; Elders Visiting Program; Pre-release program to prepare offenders for surviving post-release with knowledge on housing, employment, support services, training and employment opportunities; and Prisoner repatriation service on the day of release from prison. Official Visitor Program The Darwin and Alice Springs Correctional Centres, the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre in Darwin and the Aranda House temporary Juvenile Holding Facility in Alice Springs have three or four appointed official visitors each. In line with the legislation (Part V of the Prisons (Correctional Services) Act for adults and Part 9 of the Youth Justice Act for youth) an official visit is made to each centre once a month. The work of official visitors is highly valued as it provides an independent avenue of feedback for inmates, resulting in an additional level of checks and balances. This, in turn, provides opportunities to effect change. The issues that most concerned prisoners during the past year were transfers between the two centres in Darwin and Alice Springs and the lack of activities in maximum security. NTCS is addressing these, and a variety of other issues, by gradually implementing the recommendations of the Adult Custodial Review. Other complaints related to the lack of appropriate care for inmates with mental health concerns. NTCS is working with the Department of Health and Community Services to address these concerns. Young people detained at Aranda House have generally been content during the short period they spend at this facility. While the youth at the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre have perhaps more opportunity for visits than their adult counterparts, their feedback expressed a greater interest still in visitors, particularly for story-telling. Custodial Services Performance Measures 2004-05 Actual 2005-06 Estimate 2005-06 Actual 2006-07 Estimate Quantity Daily average number of prisoners1 770 800 791 850 Prison utilisation (operational capacity) 2 96% 100% 96% 100% Quality Participation in prison programs 3 66% 75% 68% 75% Rate of assaults of prisoner on prisoner 4.8% 2% 2% 2% Rate of assaults of prisoner on officer 0.65% 0% 0.9% 0% Timeliness Sentences completed in accordance with conditions of order 100% 100% 100% 100% (1) The prisoner numbers reflects an increasing trend. 2006-07 targets have been adjusted accordingly. The 200607 estimates were developed prior to the implementation of new Australian Government policy regarding illegal foreign fishers. NTCS expects this will have a significant impact on the estimated daily number of prisoners. (2) The Darwin Correctional Centre has increased capacity to 450 as at 1 July 2006. (3) This measure represents the level of available prison employment and education and rehabilitation programs as against eligible prisoners, and is affected by the high prisoner numbers throughout 2005-06. Annual Report 2005 2006 / Performance Reporting