ACTCOSS broadly supports the Human Rights Standards for ACT Corrective Services; their full realisation is core to us being a human rights jurisdiction. We particularly support this work as a step towards enabling the Inspector of Correctional Services to identify pressing systemic issues in adult corrections. However, there are some key elements which need to be included in the Human Rights Standards. These are:
- The high rates of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander overrepresentation in the ACT criminal justice system, with attention to the specific needs of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander detainees
- Policies and approaches that specifically address the diverse needs of incarcerated women.
In addition to providing recommendations about the Human Rights Standards, this response lists all of ACTCOSS' submissions since 1999 about ACT adult correctional settings and relevant recommendations.