SA Prisoner Letter Ban

Letters from JA to Statewide Operations

South Australian Correctional Centres have continued to block external interactions from prisoners. Correctional service officers claim that cl 11(2) of the Correctional Service Regulations 2016 has the results that any and all communications between Justice Action and SA prisoners are prohibited. In addition, anyone sending communications to a prisoner commits an offense under s 51 (1)(a) of the Correctional Services Act 1982, which is punishable by up to 6 months’ imprisonment.

Due to the lack of communication, South Australia no longer has the lowest recidivism rate in Australia. Communication with the outside world is essential for rehabilitation.

The Justice Action team developed two letters that have been sent to Statewide Operations in Correctional Services, the Minister of Correctional Services, Mr. Ssakacs, and the Chief Executive of Correctional Services, Mr. Brown regarding this issue.