Queensland Law Society has been communicating regularly with Queensland Corrective Services and the courts in relation to their responses to the recent COVID-19 cases at Brisbane Youth Detention Centre and the Queensland Corrective Services Academy at Wacol.
On the advice of the Chief Health Officer (CHO) prisons from Capricornia South to the south-east corner have moved to Stage 4 restrictions. These prisons are now locked down with non-essential out-of-time cell and prisoner movement suspended.
The Queensland prisons that have moved to Stage 4 restrictions are:
- Palen Creek Correctional Centre
- Numinbah Correctional Centre
- Southern Queensland Correctional Centre
- Borallon Correctional Centre
- Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre
- Brisbane Correctional Centre
- Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre
- Wolston Correctional Centre
- Helana Jones Centre
- Woodford Correctional Centre
- Maryborough Correctional Centre
- Capricornia Correctional Centre.
Only essential workers including officers and Queensland Health staff will be permitted entry to these prisons. For further information about custodial operations during the period, see here.
Practitioners are advised that adult matters are expected to progress as normal next week. Youth matters may be disrupted into early next week.
Up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 situation, including contact tracing alerts, can be found on this Queensland Health webpage.
The Society is continuing to liaise with Queensland Corrective Services and will provide further updates as and when they become available.