Thursday, 13 April 2017
James Nash House Prison Facilities
The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: I will ask two questions while I have the floor, if I may. How many forensically detained patients are not currently at James Nash House because of overcrowding and are at Yatala or other prisons? Where are the 10 prisoners whom the minster referred to in his original response located at the moment? Also, how many forensic patients does the minister expect will be entering the National Disability Insurance Scheme upon release? Has the government done the modelling for this?
The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): I think the last question falls within the area of the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. I am more than happy to take that question on notice and seek a response from her. Regarding the earlier components of your question, they do squarely fall in the realms of my ministerial responsibilities. Again, I am happy to take that on notice. For the sake of general information, according to the information I currently have at hand, it is well established that James Nash House is a facility that is, generally speaking, always full.
It would be surprising to learn, if this indeed was the case, that there were patients in DCS’s custody who could otherwise have been accommodated in James Nash House, but hadn’t been. That would be an unusual practice, but nevertheless I will get that information for the honourable member and that will provide her with clarity and certainty around the circumstances of each of those 10 people, if indeed that number still remains at 10.