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Prisoner accommodation capacity definitions

Purpose

To formally document built capacity numbers for every custodial centre to be used for internal and external reporting purposes; and

To ensure the consistent use of terminology and counting rules for internal and external reporting of prisoner bed capacity for Queensland corrective services facilities.

1. Process

The reporting of prisoner bed capacity by Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) staff or in reports generated via the Integrated Offender Management System (IOMS) must comply with the counting rules and terminology stipulated in this procedure. The only exception will be when specific counting rules are specified by the receiver of the information in consultation with QCS, for example the bed counts for the Report on Government Services.

Any reference to built capacity numbers must refer to the figures in appendix - Built capacity counts for corrective services facilities to this procedure.

All references to built capacity must be qualified by a reference to either built bed capacity or built cell capacity. Built bed capacity figures should be used for reporting purposes.

The use of bed and cell groupings and terminology outside those defined in this procedure should be avoided.

Any changes to counting rules, terminology or built capacity figures in this procedure or its appendix must be amended in accordance with Procedure - Procedure Development and Approval Process.

The System Configuration Executive Group (SCEG)will have the responsibility of identifying changes to prisoner accommodation capacity, including seeking funding for increases in built or commissioned capacity and will make representation to the Board of Management for approval. Once approved Operational Support Services will make any necessary updates to the appendix - Built capacity counts for corrective services facilities.

2. Terminology

The following terms are defined and should be used for internal and external reporting of prisoner accommodation capacity-

  1. Built bed capacity
  2. Built cell capacity
  3. Commissioned bed capacity
  4. Commissioned cell capacity
  5. Contracted bed capacity
  6. Approved operating bed capacity

2.1 Built bed capacity

  1. Built bed capacity is defined as - the number of built prisoner accommodation bed places in single and shared cells.

    1. A single cell is a cell or room built to be occupied by one person
    2. A shared cell is a cell or room built to be occupied by two or more people
  2. A 'buddy' cell built for two people is counted as two built beds.
  3. The following are included in the count of built bed capacity -
    1. Permanent prison accommodation
    2. Accommodation intended to be long-term accommodation, e.g. pre-assembled buildings, Maximum Security Units, Advanced Care Units and Brisbane Womens Safety Unit (S4)
    3. Sections of facilities that have been temporarily decommissioned or sections of new facilities not yet commissioned
    4. Beds that are temporarily unavailable for use due to maintenance or refurbishment
    5. Beds that, for operational reasons, are not being used for prisoner accommodation as designed, e.g. used as a store room
    6. Work Camp beds
  4. When a whole prison or entire unit has been decommissioned, a decision for inclusion will be determined by the Commissioner and will be assessed on the basis of work required to recommission the accommodation.
  5. The following are excluded in the count of built bed capacity -
    1. Additional short term beds that have been placed in any type of accommodation over and above designed bed capacity, e.g. temporary bunks
    2. Special purpose beds that are not long-term accommodation - Detention Units, Health Centre Units, Safety Units (other than in Brisbane Womens Correctional Centre)
  6. The current built bed capacity for high and low security facilities is shown in appendix - Built capacity counts for corrective services facilities.

2.2 Built cell capacity

  1. Built cell capacity is defined as - the total number of built prisoner accommodation cells.
  2. A 'buddy' cell built for two people is counted as one built cell.
  3. The following are included in the count of built cell capacity -
    1. Permanent prison accommodation
    2. Accommodation intended to be long-term accommodation, e.g. pre-assembled buildings, Maximum Security Units, Advanced Care Units and Brisbane Womens Safety Unit (S4)
    3. Sections of facilities that have been temporarily decommissioned
    4. Cells that are temporarily unavailable for use due to maintenance or refurbishment
    5. Cells that, for operational reasons, are not being used for prisoner accommodation as designed, e.g. used as a store room
    6. Work Camp beds
  4. When a whole prison or entire unit has been decommissioned, a decision for inclusion will be determined by the Commissioner and will be assessed on the basis of work required to recommission the accommodation.
  5. The following are excluded in the count of built cell capacity -
    1. Special purpose beds that are not long-term accommodation - Detention Units, Health Centre Units, Safety Units (other than in Brisbane Womens Correctional Centre)
  6. The current built cell capacity for high security facilities is shown in appendix - Built capacity counts for corrective services facilities.
  7. Built cell capacity for low security facilities are not available due to the variety of design and accommodation types at these facilities.

2.3 Commissioned bed capacity

  1. Commissioned bed capacity is defined as - the built bed capacity minus the number of beds in any prisoner accommodation units, areas or blocks that are closed and not ready to accommodate prisoners, i.e. decommissioned.
  2. Commissioned bed capacity will be the same as built bed capacity in centres where all built prisoner accommodation is open and ready to accommodate prisoners.

2.4 Commissioned cell capacity

  1. Commissioned cell capacity is defined as - the built cell capacity minus the number of cells in any prisoner accommodation units, areas or blocks that are closed and not ready to accommodate prisoners, i.e. decommissioned.
  2. Commissioned cell capacity will be the same as built cell capacity in centres where all built prisoner accommodation is open and ready to accommodate prisoners.

2.5 Contracted bed capacity

  1. Contracted bed capacity is defined as - the number of prisoner accommodation bed places that a private operator is contracted to operate at a facility.
  2. Contracted bed capacity can include any type of beds, built or temporary, as long as they are included in the contractual arrangements.
  3. Contracted bed capacity can be above or below the built bed capacity of a facility.

2.6 Approved operating bed capacity

  1. Approved operating bed capacity is defined as - the number of beds available to accommodate prisoners as determined by operational needs and constraints.
  2. Approved operating bed capacity can take into account control, security and the efficient operation of a facility.
  3. The following are included in the count of approved operating bed capacity -
    1. Additional bed places that have been placed in any type of accommodation over and above the built bed capacity, e.g. temporary bunks
  4. The following are excluded in the count of approved operating bed capacity -
    1. Beds in sections of facilities that have been temporarily decommissioned
    2. Beds/Cells that, for operational reasons, are not being used for prisoner accommodation as designed, e.g. used as a store room
  5. Special purpose beds (Detention Units, Medical Health Units, Safety Units except for Brisbane Womens Correctional Centre S4) are generally not included in approved operating bed capacity.

3. Centres to be included in counts

  1. The following are included in the calculation of prisoner accommodation capacity counts:
    1. All corrective services facilities, except for the Princess Alexandra Hospital Secure Unit (PA Secure Unit);
    2. All work camp beds; and
    3. All Community Corrections Centres, e.g. Helana Jones Centre

Last reviewed
27 October 2017
Last updated
27 October 2017

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