Victoria Minister for Corrections Andrew McIntosh
Boost For Disability Services At Loddon Prison
Victor P Taffa
Prisoners with intellectual disabilities will receive increased support following the opening of a new disability programs room at Loddon Prison.
Corrections Minister Andrew McIntosh visited the prison today to officially open the new $100,000 facility, which will be used to deliver specialist treatment programs and other skills programs to prisoners with intellectual disabilities.
“The Coalition Government is investing in a range of measures to help prevent crime and increase community safety, and reducing reoffending through rehabilitation is an important part of this commitment.” Mr. McIntosh said.
“Loddon Prison delivers specialist programs to help prisoners develop daily living skills as they prepare to move into a minimum-security facility or return to the community.”
“Prisoners with intellectual disabilities have historically had a higher recidivism rate than the general prison population. These programs are aimed at addressing that discrepancy.”
Mr. McIntosh said that the new room is designed to accommodate up to 12 prisoners, and up to three staff to facilitate the programs.
A special program for violent offenders with an intellectual disability is scheduled to commence at Loddon later this month.
The medium-security prison usually has around 20 prisoners with intellectual disabilities.
These prisoners are generally housed in mainstream units and a number of the cottages, which have been designed to support the development of independent living skills.
Until now, most programs for disabled prisoners have been delivered to those in maximum security at Port Phillip Prison. The programs which will now commence at Loddon extends those services to medium security prisoners with more programs soon to be introduced at minimum security Dhurringile Prison.