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VOCAT claims

You may be able to access VOCAT even while in prison, which can award damages for unlawful assaults.  Compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, and in some cases pain and suffering may be claimed. The amount awarded will depend on a number of factors including the category of the act of violence or crime …

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Deaths in Custody

When a person dies in custody is a ‘notifiable incident’.  This means that within 30 minutes of them finding the person dead, the incident must be reported to the Commissioner, and the Prison Manager must notify the prison’s medical officer and the prisoner’s ‘next of kin’. All records relating to the death must be preserved.  …

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Calling in fines

You can call in outstanding warrants and fines when you are in prison.  If you plan on doing this, the sooner you do it the better it will be.  Ask the prison staff for a form titled “Information – Sheriffs Warrants” on which you write your name and CRN to request your infringement warrants be …

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Complaints

You can make a request or complaint to your unit staff, officers in charge and to the Prison Manager.  The Prison Manager must be available at reasonable times to receive your requests and complaints, to record requests and complaints and to take action where they deem it necessary. The Corrections Act allows you to make …

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Parole

  The Adult Parole Board will decide if you are released on parole at the end of your minimum sentence or at any time up to the end of your maximum term. Everyone released on parole gets a list of standard conditions, and many people get special conditions. The Board can revoke a parole order …

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Human Rights Charter

You are basically entitled to the same rights as other citizens, subject to the Corrections legislation, regulations and prison operational instructions.  As the legislation seeks to balance security and welfare concerns of people in prison, you are entitled to the rights that are consistent with the good order, management and security of the prison.  The …

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Medical Treatment

You are not eligible for Medicare while in prison, but Justice Health contract with companies such as Pacific Shores Health and St Vincent’s Hospital to provide medical services to prisoners.  Justice Health is responsible for planning, coordinating and delivering health services in courts, police cells and the publicly and privately managed prisons in Victoria. Your …

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Official visitors

Ministers may appoint ‘Official Visitors’ to each prison, and this role is overseen by the Office of Corrective Services Review.  They serve for five years and visit their assigned prison to inspect the facilities, usually one day each month.  The Official Visitor can move freely about the prison to observe how the prison works and …

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