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Corrective Services Act 2006 – 9 December 2016

Corrective Services Regulation 2006 – 1 July 2014

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A prisoner is imprisoned in a corrective services facility. If the period of imprisonment is less than 21 days, the person may be imprisoned in the watch house.

  • Sections 6, 9, 10, 11, 18, 28, 33, 50, 52, 72, 108, 123, 311, 311A, 313, 314, 316, 317; Regulations 18, 19, 20, 44, 45

A prisoner may apply in writing for approval to be examined or treated by a doctor or psychologist. The prisoner must pay for the examination or treatment and associated costs.

  • Section 22

Without approval a person cannot photograph, interview or obtain a statement from a prisoner.

  • Section 132

A prisoner is only entitled to receive a visit from a personal visitor once a week and a legal visitor. Visitors will generally need to obtain prior access approval by applying in the approved form to the Government.

  • Section 153, 154, 155, 158, 159, 160, 162, 166, 168, 169, 171

A prisoner may be eligible to apply in the approved form for parole.

  • Sections 4, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 181A, 182, 182A, 183, 184, 185, 185A, 185B, 199, 200, Schedule 4

The Queensland Parole Board is established to decide applications for parole orders.

  • Sections 216, 217, 241, 267; Regulation 46

An entity may apply in writing to the Government for financial assistance to provide a program or service to help prisoners or their families.

  • Sections 248, 249, 250, 252, 253, 255, 256; Regulations 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43

A prisoner may make a complaint to an official visitor to the prison.

  • Sections 285, 286, 289, 290

Awards of damages in a civil claim against the Government to the benefit of a prisoner are held in trust. A victim of the prisoner may claim money from the trust.

  • Sections 319A, 319L, 319N, 319M, 319O, 319P, 319S, 319T, 319V, 319W, 319X, 319Y, 319ZG, 319ZH, 319ZL

A victim of crime may apply in the approved form to be registered to receive information about the prisoner’s date of release.

  • Sections 320, 321, 325

A pre-sentence report is to be given by the court to the prosecution and the convicted person’s lawyers. A pre-sentence report may state the person’s criminal or traffic history.

  • Section 344

A listing of prisons is found in the Schedule 1 to the Corrective Services Regulation 2006.

  • Section 149; Regulation 22; Schedule 1
Reason for law

To provide community safety and crime prevention through the humane containment, supervision and rehabilitation of offenders. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Queensland Corrective Services

Official visitors

Parole boards

Approved Forms

Locating a prisoner

Prisoners’ Legal Service, Inc

Prison Ministry [Uniting Care]

Inside Out Prison Chaplaincy

Sisters Inside Inc. – Current Programs

Campaigns – Sydney PEN | Writers in Prison – Melbourne PEN

Innocence Project – Griffith University

Foreign Prisoner Support Service

Critical Resistance

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A child to be accommodated with a prisoner is not to be fully searched. This  may be a security breach. A search by a medical practitioner could be a useful solution. Section 32 may need to be amended.

Section 335 contains the phrase ‘nolle prosequi’. This phrase is not commonly understood by members of the public.

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