The Catholic Prison Ministry and the Prisoner’s Legal Service have had their annual tours of Queensland prisons scrapped, with the State’s Corrective Services Department finding no need for the group interviews, reports The Brisbane Times.
The advocacy groups have collectively visited the State’s prisons for about 20 years. They speak to prisoners and their action committees about issues within the prison which impact on inmates.
The Catholic Prison Ministry has also used the information gathered on the tours as part of its annual report into the State’s corrections facilities. But with Corrective Services moving under the Attorney-General’s department purview, the tours were stopped.
A spokeswoman for Queensland Corrective Services said the State 'has a robust oversight framework in place to ensure an appropriate level of accountability and transparency across the correctional system.
'The range of mechanisms includes day-to-day internal oversight, as well as monitoring and scrutiny by entities including the Queensland Ombudsman, Public Guardian and Queensland Audit Office,' she said in a statement.