Answers to Correctional Services Estimates Questions


ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAMS

In reply to Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (21 July 2014). (Estimates Committee A)

The Hon. A. PICCOLO (LightMinister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): I have been advised:

The pilot of the program was 10 weeks in duration and was completed at the end of September 2013. The evaluation report is imminent and will assist in informing the future of the program. The pilot program and the program referred to on the Department for Correctional Services (DCS) website are two different programs. The website is referring to the Domestic Violence Prevention Program, also referred to as the Abuse Prevention Intervention Program by the Courts Administration Authority (CAA).

The Domestic Violence Prevention Program is one component of a larger integrated response model which was developed by a number of government agencies in preparation for the introduction of the Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009.

DCS is funded by the CAA to deliver the group behaviour change program for men. The group behaviour program is run weekly for two hours and takes approximately 24 weeks to complete.

The 10 week pilot is the Domestic Abuse Program, which ran from 9 July 2013 to 24 September 2013 at the Elizabeth Community Correctional Centre. The pilot targeted offenders who had been charged with a domestic abuse related offence and were under the supervision of DCS. The evaluation report has been finalised and tabled by executive.

PRISONER REHABILITATION PROGRAMS

In reply to Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (21 July 2014). (Estimates Committee A)

The Hon. A. PICCOLO (LightMinister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): I have been advised:

In 2013-14, the programs were undertaken by 69 prisoners, broken down into the following: Violence Prevention Program

24

Sexual Behaviour Clinic (SBC)

36

Sexual Behaviour Clinic-me (SBC-me)

9

TOTAL

69

NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

In reply to Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (21 July 2014). (Estimates Committee A)

The Hon. A. PICCOLO (LightMinister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): I have been advised:

I can advise that the South Australian Prison Health Services, in conjunction with the department, has implemented a nicotine replacement therapy program (patches) in all eight state-run prisons.

This program requires a small co-contribution from prisoners for the nicotine replacement therapy, depending on the employment status of the prisoner. So, yes, we are clearly encouraging people not to smoke.

As at 30 June 2014, South Australian Prison Health Services advise that approximately 86 prisoners across the prison system (including Mount Gambier Prison) are being supplied with nicotine replacement therapy.

PRISON GUARD UNIFORMS

In reply to Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (21 July 2014). (Estimates Committee A)

The Hon. A. PICCOLO (LightMinister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): I have been advised:

We get our uniforms through Stewart & Heaton, which is a whole-of-government contract. It is the same place that SAPOL get their uniforms.

The supplier for the provision of a total apparel management service for specialised uniforms is Stewart & Heaton Clothing Co. Pty Ltd.

In regard to where the uniforms are produced, I have been advised the following: Made in Australia

South Australia

Footwear, leather belts, ceremonial tunics, epaulettes (soft) and ties.

Victoria

Socks and epaulettes (hard).

New South Wales

Jumpers and knitwear.

Made overseas

Fiji

Trousers, shorts, skirts and culottes (manufactured in Fiji using Australian material).

China

Hats, shirts, blouses (manufactured using Chinese BlueMarl fabric) and jackets (manufactured by an Australian company in China).