Update 2 (December 2021) – There is still time to share your experience with the Corrections Cultural Review

A safer, fairer, more modern and more capable corrections system – that’s the vision at the heart of the Cultural Review of the Adult Custodial Corrections System. Since launching the formal engagement phase of the Review last month, we’ve been in conversation with custodial staff from across the system, with people in custody, and a wide range of stakeholders and advocates, all sharing their experiences to help us better understand the culture within Victoria’s prisons and correctional centres. Here is the latest update.

December 2, 2021

Share your experience – submissions are now open

The formal engagement phase of the Review is now underway, and we are inviting current and former custodial staff, people previously in custody, their family members and support people to make submissions via our website, via email or via post, and they can also speak to us about their interest in a confidential interview on 1800 431 276.

For people in custody, our prison hotline is now live – people can contact us via *#10 on the Prisoner Telephone System, and we will be distributing printed submission forms in prisons to help people share their experiences.

Site visits underway

Over the next three months, our Expert Panel and members of the Review team will be visiting each prison and correctional centre, to speak directly with custodial staff and people in custody. We commenced our schedule with visits to the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre and Beechworth Correctional Centre and Dhurringile Prison late last month – valuable opportunities to hear directly from people with first-hand experience of the corrections system.

During December, we will be on site at Tarrengower (1–2 December), Loddon–Middleton (6–8 December) and Langi Kal Kal (13–14 December).

During these visits, we will be conducting focus groups and arranging confidential interviews, but there will also be time for informal conversations. Staff interested in speaking to us during our visits can contact us via 1800 431 276, and people in custody can reach us via *#10 on the Prisoner Telephone System (calls to the Review will not be monitored).

Help us promote participation in the Review – stakeholder kits now available

If you advocate or provide services for people in custody, or if you work with custodial staff across the system, we would appreciate any support you can provide to encourage them to participate in the Review.

You might consider including a short news item in your next newsletter or on your website, you might mention the Review in any forthcoming staff or volunteer briefings, or you might post about the Review on your social media channels.

We’ve prepared stakeholder kits with some key facts, sample messages and social media assets you can use to help your network engage with the Review.

Submission deadline for stakeholders and advocates

We reached the deadline for submissions from organisational stakeholders earlier this week. To the organisations who have already shared their expertise, I extend my thanks. Your insights will play an important role in helping us understand the challenges and opportunities that exist within Victoria’s corrections system.

I know this is a busy period for many organisations, so if you are interested in making a submission but have not yet done so, please contact us via correctionsreview@justice.vic.gov.au to discuss further engagement options and extended deadlines. To help shape your submission, our consultation paper poses some key questions for stakeholders and advocates.

Thank you again to everyone who has shared their experiences with us – every story plays a critical role in helping shape our findings and recommendations to the Minister for Corrections. I look forward to speaking with more participants as the Review progresses.

Kristen Hilton
Review Lead, Cultural Review of the Adult Custodial Corrections System

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