The review found the operation and management of the SHU to be consistent with the unit’s intent and purpose. However, better access to meaningful activities and interventions to help address offending behaviours would assist some prisoners progress back into mainstream prison life more quickly. For others the pathway back into general living units is less clear. The complexity of mental ill-health and violence have led to prisoners residing in the unit for lengthy periods. We acknowledge the challenge this presents for management and custodial staff but remain concerned at the length of time some have remained in such a restrictive environment.

Page last updated: October 23, 2023
The Special Handling Unit at Casuarina Prison