Questions

Prison Capacity

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:37):My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services. Have there been any days during the current financial year when the number of prisoners in our corrections system has not exceeded the approved capacity within the system?

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Police Cells and Justice Reform

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:19): My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services. Now that the minister has had 24 hours to read the comments of the police commissioner and given the comments this morning by Corrections CEO, David Brown, that the use of surge beds have an impact on police operations, does the minister stand by his statement in question time yesterday and I quote, '…our current use of surge beds is not having a negative impact on their operations'?

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Prison Crisis Impacting Police Operations

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:37): My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services. Does the minister agree with the police commissioner that the government is playing musical chairs with remand prisoners in police cells and that this is now affecting police operations?

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Police Cells

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:52): My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services. Has the minister or the corrections department received any advice from South Australia Police that cells currently used as surge capacity in the police cells will have reduced availability after the next year?

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Prison Tenders

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:53): Given the minister's comments that the government is going to be doing work to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the growing prison population, with all of the builds that the minister has just outlined and the 80 extra bunk beds that they have just put into prison cells, when, by the government's numbers, will prison-approved capacity be overtaken by the average daily number of prisoners in South Australia?

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Domestic Violence - Mrs Zahra Abrahimzadeh

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:34): My question is to the Premier in relation to the document tabled by him prior to question time, the Coroner's inquest findings into the death of Mrs Zahra Abrahimzadeh and South Australia Police's responses to the finding, in particular in relation to the Coroner's recommendation 3, that all domestic violence calls to the SAPOL call centre be handled by sworn police officers with particular training in domestic violence risk assessment.

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Answers to Police Estimates Questions

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 Police Records Management System (Project Shield) stages 2 to 4 will provide support for incident, case, criminal intelligence and prosecution management.

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Answers to Correctional Services Estimates Questions

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).

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Police Disciplinary Tribunal, Prison Numbers

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:16): My question is to the Minister for Police. What mechanism will replace the functions of the Police Disciplinary Tribunal when it is abolished?

The Hon. J.R. RAU (EnfieldDeputy Premier, Attorney-General, Minister for Justice Reform, Minister for Planning, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (15:16): I am grateful for the question because it actually raises a very important issue, and that is about probably two or more years ago, if I remember correctly, the minister for police—who at that time was known to us simply as the member, our parliamentary secretary—undertook a very lengthy—

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Correctional Services, Savings Targets

Mr GARDNER: My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services. Can the minister advise: will the government meet its announced budget savings targets in the corrections portfolio?

 

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