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Question Without Notice No. 332 asked in the Legislative Council on 2 April 2020 by Hon Alison Xamon

Minister responding: Hon F.M. Logan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

CORONAVIRUS — PRISONS — VIRTUAL VISITS

332. Hon ALISON XAMON to the minister representing the Minister for Corrective Services:

I refer to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(1) What additional or expanded options have been provided to facilitate virtual visits following the suspension of visits at —

(a) Banksia Hill Detention Centre; and

(b) other corrections facilities?

(2) How often can prisoners or young people use these communication platforms?

(3) Are there any costs involved for the prisoners or detainees?

(4) Given current restrictions on visits, are prisoners provided with any free phone calls?

(5) If no to (4), why not?

(6) If yes to (4), how many?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank Hon Alison Xamon for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Corrective Services.

(1) (a) At Banksia Hill Detention Centre an additional eight computers and webcams provided to facilitate virtual visits will be operational by the end of the week.

(b) At all other facilities, Skype and e-visits facilitation is in place for each prison. Processes are in place to increase services at facilities.

(2) Access to the services will be available to prisoners and young people upon request.

(3) No. There is nil cost for prisoners or young people.

(4) All prisoner and detainee telephone calls are free.

(5) Not applicable.

(6) Access is unrestricted for both young people and prisoners. However, some sites have implemented roster systems to ensure access is equitable to all prisoners and detainees.