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Measures to protect prisoners

08 April 2020

Northern Territory Correctional Services has introduced a range of measures to protect prisoners and the broader community from the threat of coronavirus infection.

These include suspending a range of visits and activities outside secure areas at custodial facilities and introducing comprehensive infection prevention control measures.

Corrections has expanded other ways for prisoners to stay in touch with loved ones, continue accessing health support services and rehabilitation programs and stay healthy and active.

Social visits

All social visits by family, friends and loved ones suspended from Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Community Service Work Party activities

All activities suspended from Friday 27 March 2020.

Usual activities for the Community Service Work Parties include mowing lawns for pensioners, helping install infrastructure for public events and assisting with the clean up afterwards.

Corrections has also suspended voluntary employment and paid employment programs for prisoners at the Datjala work camp in Nhulunbuy and the Barkly work camp in Tennant Creek.

Professional visits including legal support services

All professional visits including legal support services suspended from Wednesday 1 April 2020.

New measures to support prisoners

  • Increasing access to phone calls and other communication platforms so prisoners can stay in touch with family and loved ones and their professional support networks including legal advisors.
  • Keeping the focus on an active and structured day including maintaining work and employment routines within the facilities.
  • These include prison industries, gardening, art and cultural activities and introducing additional cleaning and sanitising roles for prisoners.
  • Supporting ongoing health with small group physical training sessions, issuing extra board games and increasing access to television programs and DVDs.
  • Increasing access to information on hygiene and the need for physical distancing and installing extra handwashing facilities.
  • Providing material in plain English and in Aboriginal languages about what coronavirus is and what is being done to protect prisoners from potential infection.