Prisoner transportation

11 Jun 2014

Examines how effectively, efficiently and economically prisoners have been transported throughout Victoria's criminal justice system.

Audit summary:  In Victoria, there is a minimum of 58 000 prisoner movements per year for a variety of reasons. Prisoners are moved between prisons to accommodate changes in their risk profile, maximise prison capacity, attend health and welfare programs, and facilitate court appearances. They move between police cells to maximise capacity and attend
court and are also moved to hospitals and forensic health facilities for planned and emergency medical care.

Recent changes to the external criminal justice environment have affected prisoner numbers and, consequently, the need for prisoner movements. Changes include modifications to the parole process and the abolition of some suspended sentences, which took effect in the County and Supreme Courts in September 2013. Combined with additional factors, such as increases in average sentence lengths and imprisonment rates, these changes have contributed to significant growth in prisoner movements.

The audit assessed whether the transportation of prisoners in Victoria's criminal justice system is effective, efficient and economical. It examined prisoner transport services managed by Corrections Victoria and used by Victoria Police and the Department of Human Services. The audit scope also examined the transportation of prisoners by Victoria Police. It excluded interstate and overseas prisoner movement.

The audit included prisoners as defined by the Corrections Act 1986, and youth detainees where they are defined as prisoners for the purposes of prisoner transport services.


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