Temporary changes to the use of Symonston Correctional Centre

Released 04/06/2015

As foreshadowed in April this year, the Symonston Correctional Centre will be used on a temporary basis for full-time custody to ease accommodation pressures at the Alexander Maconochie Centre, Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury said.

“In the coming days, ACT Corrective Services will transfer a small, carefully selected cohort of detainees to the Symonston facility to be accommodated there on a full time basis,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The number of detainees may vary but it will not exceed 22 individuals.

“The detainees identified as suitable to be moved to Symonston will be individually assessed by ACT Corrective Services, considering risk factors and health needs, to ensure only detainees who have proved to be compliant in the AMC and who pose a low risk are accommodated there.

“The Symonston Correctional Centre is a secure facility and currently used to house offenders undertaking periodic detention. It has also previously been used as a full time remand centre.

“Residents can be assured that there are appropriate security measures in place, including CCTV and a secure perimeter,” Mr Rattenbury said.

The facility will be used temporarily while ACT Corrective Services awaits the completion of additional accommodation units currently in construction within the AMC campus, with the first of those units expected to become available in the second half of 2015.

In April this year ACT Corrective Services notified local residents of the area via mail that the Symonston facility may be used to accommodate detainees on a full time basis.

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