The Department takes its commitment to the safety and security of prisoners seeking protection seriously. However, poor assessment and review processes have led to the unsustainable growth of this cohort over the past decade. The Department has recognised this issue and developed new processes in response.
As an isolated population, prisoners in protection are in effect living in a prison within a prison. This isolation limits their access to meaningful daytime activities, programs and some supports. Prisoners who seek safety in protection should not have to sacrifice their access to these activities. It is incumbent on the Department to provide all prisoners with the best opportunity for rehabilitation while under its care.