This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 1 January 2010, amend the Corrections Regulations 2005.
These regulations extend the circumstances in which cells can be shared by 2 or more prisoners, and regulate cell-sharing, by providing for the following:
a prisoner may now be accommodated in a shared cell if the manager believes that to be necessary because a single cell is not reasonably available (rather than the existing requirement for a shortage of single cells that is temporary) provided that the accommodation of that prisoner in a shared cell complies with instructions issued by the chief executive under section 196 of the Act for the purpose of ensuring that the use of shared cells is safe, secure, humane, and effective:
The regulations also—
authorise spit hoods as a mechanical restraint that may be used in prisons, in accordance with section 87 of the Corrections Act 2004, in a situation described in section 83(1) of that Act, and further regulate the use of spit hoods.
Date of notification in Gazette: 3 December 2009.
These regulations are administered by the Department of Corrections.