ACT Corrective Services
|Jurisdiction||Australian Capital Territory|
|Parent department||Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS)|
ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) is an agency of the Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACSD) of the Australian Capital Territory government in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. It is responsible for a wide range of activities and services in the area aimed at protecting the community and reducing offending behaviour.
The ACTCS operates the following:
- Community Corrections
- Custodial Operations
- Offender Services and Corrections Programs
- Sentence Administration Section
- The Sentence Administration Board
Community Corrections consists of:
- Probation and Parole Unit
- Prisoner Employment Unit
- New Employment Opportunities (NEO) Program, including Transitional Release
- Community Service Work Unit
- Corrections Programs Unit
- Offender Services
Probation and Parole Unit
The Probation and Parole Unit provides advice to Courts and releasing authorities on the background and attitudes of offenders on Community Based Orders (e.g. bail supervision, probation, and parole) and to refer offenders to appropriate community based or residential services to assist with addressing a variety of issues (e.g. drug and alcohol abuse, grief and loss issues, self-esteem and relationship issues). The Unit aims to reduce offending by the use of empirically sound risk assessment tools and a brokerage case management model, which targets criminogenic needs.
Corrections Programs Unit
The Corrections Program Unit was established in 2001 as the Rehabilitation Programs Unit. The Unit incorporates existing programs and services that focus on targeted intervention and supervision of offenders. The services of the Unit are consistent with a focus on specific programs for offenders that address identified risks and criminogenic needs.
Custodial Operations consists of the following:
- Alexander Maconochie Centre
- Court Transport Unit
Custodial Operations administrates the Remand Centres Act 1976 (RCA) which establishes remand centres in the ACT. The Superintendent is responsible for directing and controlling the operations of the ACT adult custodial facilities. The facilities main objective is to carry out the mandate of the court and to ensure the provision of safe care and secure accommodation to those in custody in a controlled environment. The facilities have a responsibility to address a duty of care for each individual, accommodating both genders and a variety of cultures.
Under section 6A of the RCA an Official Visitor is appointed. The duties of this officer involve visiting and inspecting the facilities at least once each week, and inquiring into complaints by detainees.
Periodic Detention Centre
Periodic detention provides an effective alternative sentencing option for ACT offenders. Currently this sentencing option is served on weekends, starting on Friday 7.00 pm and ending on Sunday 4.30 pm. Detainees make a positive contribution to the community while serving their period of detention by performing unpaid community work. To accommodate the increased number of periodic detainees, ACT Corrective Services is currently investigating the possibility of extending periodic detention to mid-week.
Court Transport Unit
The Court Transport Unit is responsible for transporting prisoners between interstate correctional centres and the ACT, transporting prisoners and remandees (including juveniles) within the ACT, and the provision of safe and secure custody of prisoners and remandees in ACT Courts.
- "Justice and Community Safety Directorate: Annual Report 2017-18" (PDF). Justice and Community Safety Directorate. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- "Community Corrections". ACT Corrective Services. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- "Custodial Operations". ACT Corrective Services. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- Laverty, Jo (21 May 2009). "The Belconnen Remand Centre". Australian Broadcasting Commission. Archived from the original on 29 April 2013.
- ACT Corrective Services (31 July 2013), Custodial Operations, ACT Government