The Inquiry will investigate, examine and report on matters relating to the design, construction and operation of the Risdon Prison Complex (RPC).
This Inquiry is to make recommendations about the future operation of the prison to ensure:
In particular the Inquiry will:
The Inquiry must consider the views of stakeholders including:
The Inquiry involved a series of site inspections and observations at the RPC, the Hobart Reception Centre and at interstate prison facilities.
Interviews were conducted with operational and management level custodial and non-custodial staff, RPC prisoners, external stakeholders, including representatives of the Prison Reform Action Group and non-government organisations (NGOs), Official Visitors, union representatives, senior officers from Workplace Standards Tasmania, former TPS staff, and prison professionals from other Australian jurisdictions.
Advertisements were placed in the Mercury and Examiner newspapers inviting people to make written submissions, and an invitation was made for people to submit information online via the Tasmanian Department of Justice website. Fourteen written submissions were received from stakeholders, including former prisoners, family of prisoners, former custodial staff, prison service providers, and lawyers working with prisoners.
The Report of the Risdon Prison Complex Inquiry was delivered to Minister McKim on 30 March 2011.