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​Statement by Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin on changed arrangements for Extreme High Risk Restricted AA inmates

Issued: Wednesday 11 March 2015

Changes announced on Sunday 8th March regarding visits to Extreme High Risk restricted inmates do not apply to the remaining prison population (approximately 11,000).

In relation to the 13 affected inmates who are in custody on terror related charges, these changes have been implemented to ensure as far as is possible the community is safeguarded.

Each of these 13 inmates is able to have visits from family and friends, provided each visitor is vetted first as to security risks.

During visits all conversations are required to be in English and will be monitored.

As Commissioner for Corrective Services I have the discretion to permit other languages to be spoken in special circumstances, such as where a visitor does not speak English. In these cases a translator will be present to monitor the conversation.

There is no intention to require these 13 High Risk Restricted inmates to undertake prayers in English. In the usual course each of these inmates pray on their own.

The changes announced on Sunday 8th March do not apply to legal visits.

 

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