Parliament: Questions Kelly's Asked

Prisoner Supports and Care Requirements

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: Supplementary: are prisoners ever transferred with the objective of getting them better services; for example, if they have particular access needs or psychiatric care requirements? If they do have those requirements and have a treatment plan in place while in prison, would that be honoured in the new prison to which they were transferred?

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): I thank the honourable member for her important question. The answer to her question is: yes, often the needs of the prisoner, particularly regarding health needs or needs around services, will be a variable in their transfer. So, if, for instance, it is determined that a prisoner may be better serviced with a particular need of theirs in a different facility, that is a factor that will contribute to whether or not the prisoner is transferred. That is, indeed, common.