Prison blind to fence hole for a day

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A HOLE, which was reportedly found in the perimeter fence of the Alexander Maconochie Centre in November, was likely unknown to the prison for a day, according to a review that looked into the incident. 

A review found that adequate security procedural requirements were in place to allow for the detection and immediate response to breaches of the fence line, however, a subsequent review of the incident found that the hole likely occurred one day prior to identification and that the likely cause of the delay in identification was human error. 

Following the review Corrective Services commissioner Jon Peach said it is disappointing that potential human error led to the delay in identification of this breach for a day.

Corrective Services commissioner Jon Peach.

“The role of ACT Corrective Services staff is to uphold the safety and security of detainees and the public. It is imperative that we ensure that not only are our policies and procedures significantly robust but that they are adhered to appropriately. I am working with my staff to mitigate the potential for a recurrence of such incidents,” he said. 

A formal investigation is ongoing into the alleged human error, and no further comment will be provided while this investigation continues. 

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