Recommendations - Groups with special needs

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

Recommendation No. 44

That the Department of Corrective Services researches, considers and implements strategies that aim to reduce potential systemic discrimination against Indigenous women in the corrections system.   

Recommendation No. 45

That the Department of Corrective Services investigates models for programs and facilities that address the unique needs of Indigenous women prisoners, and in particular when designing and building new facilities for female prisoners in North Queensland.   

Recommendation No. 46

That the Department of Corrective Services increases the employment of Indigenous female staff in women's prisons to assist in addressing ongoing issues of rehabilitation and recidivism of Indigenous prisoners.

Recommendation No. 47

That the Department of Corrective Services researches the effectiveness of introducing Indigenous healing programs for Indigenous female prisoners in Queensland.

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Young women in prison

Recommendation No. 48

That the Queensland Government immediately legislates to ensure that the age at which a child reaches adulthood for the purposes of the criminal law in Queensland be18 years.

Recommendation No. 49

That it is not in the best interests of 17 year old offenders to be placed in an adult prison, or for correctional authorities to place a female 17 year old offender in a protection unit of an adult prison. The Queensland Government and correctional authorities should take immediate steps to cease this practice.

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Culturally and linguistically diverse prisoners

Recommendation No. 50

That prison authorities routinely access telephone interpreting services for prisoners who are not confident in the English language, for the reception process and any discussion involving their case management, health or other issues of significance.

Recommendation No. 51

That prison authorities make all reasonable efforts to ensure programs are accessible to prisoners from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Recommendation No. 52

That prison authorities take all reasonable steps to ensure literature and reading material is provided to prisoners in their own language.

Recommendation No. 53

That prison authorities take reasonable steps to cater for the dietary requirements of inmates from different cultural backgrounds without cost to the prisoner.

Recommendation No. 54

That prison authorities take reasonable steps to accommodate the differing needs and religious observances of prisoners from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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Women prisoners who are mothers of dependent children

Recommendation No. 55

That the Queensland Government considers alternatives to custody including home detention, periodic detention and community service orders for women with dependent children.

Recommendation No. 56

That the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian undertakes research to identify the impact on children of women in incarceration.

Recommendation No. 57

That section 9 of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1991 be amended to include the principle that the best interests of the child be a factor to be considered when sentencing a person with a dependent child.

Recommendation No. 58

 That prisons which accommodate dependent children with their mothers provide adequate living and play space and organised activities for those children, in accordance with community standards.    

Recommendation No. 59

That the Department of Corrective Services expands and further develops mothers and children's units, in which imprisoned mothers may be accommodated with their children.  These should be separate facilities, which are family-friendly and staffed by specially trained corrections officers.

Recommendation No. 60

That the Department of Corrective Services reviews the policy of family contact for women prisoners of dependent children, including the use of free video conferencing and facilitation of family visits. 

Recommendation No. 61

That women with children who are leaving prison be provided with transitional assistance after release from prison, particularly in securing appropriate accommodation, financial support and employment, and in accessing health and welfare services.

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Transgender female prisoners

Recommendation No. 62

That corrective authorities should operate on the presumption that transgender prisoners ought to be accommodated in facilities which are appropriate to their gender identification. This presumption should be subject to an option of these prisoners being placed in either a male or a female prison if they have legitimate safety concerns about being placed in a prison of their self-identification.  

Recommendation No. 63

That all medical needs of transgender prisoners be addressed while they are in prison including provision of hormone treatment and necessary physical and psy

Recommendation No. 64

chological support services.

That transgender prisoners have a choice about being placed 'in protection' if they decide this is the safest environment, and they should suffer no disadvantage of entitlements from this choice.

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