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References for loss of property in prison

References for loss of property in prison.

Deputy Commissioner's Instructions

The Deputy Commissioner's Instructions (DCIs) set out detailed guidelines for the management and operation of public prisons and prisoners in Victoria. Private prisons must follow a similar set of Operating Procedures, which, like the Deputy Commissioner's Instructions, put into practice the Standards and Commissioner's Requirements to ensure a consistent system across the entire Victorian Prison network.

  • DCI 1.04 Contraband and controlled items
  • DCI 4.08 Prisoner property incident reporting and monitoring
  • DCI 4.08A Prisoner property—Pornographic and objectionable material

See Classification of prisoners—Deputy Commissioner's Instructions.

Corrections Victoria

This business unit of Department of Justice is responsible for setting the direction, management and operation of Victoria's corrections system. Corrections Victoria's website, Corrections, prisons and parole has information about the governance of prisons in Victoria.

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole(opens in a new window).

Standards for prisoners and offenders

These national guidelines set out the broad principles, outcomes and goals to be achieved by correctional services in Australia. Each state and territory must look to these when developing their individual legislation, standards and policies.

These standards, developed by the Department of Justice, set different standards for men and women's prisons. These documents set out the minimum requirements for correctional services in all Victorian prisons.

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole—Standards for Prisons and Offenders(opens in a new window).

Sentence Management Manual

This 4 part manual has been developed by Corrections Victoria to direct prison staff who are involved in the sentence management of prisoners to ensure that they perform their duties consistently and in line with legal and Corrections Victoria requirements.

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole—Sentence Management Manual(opens in a new window).

Commissioner's requirements

These documents set out the high level requirements for prison operational matters. They are used to ensure consistency or continuity of correctional practice across the whole prison system, both in public and private prisons.

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole—Commissioner's Requirements(opens in a new window).

The Law Handbook

Fitzroy Legal Service's handbook has a chapter to explain the laws that apply to prisoners in Victoria.

See Imprisonment, supervision and prisoner rights.

Supporting justice

This site is designed for lawyers, judicial officers and court professionals. It aims to help them learn how to recognise the signs of disability, gain an understanding of the criminal justice system experience of people with a disability, and have evidence-based knowledge and capability-building training to draw upon. For example, there is information about:

  • communicating effectively with people with disability
  • preparing a plea for a client with a disability
  • accessing specialist courts
  • accessing support services and NDIS.

See Supporting justice(opens in a new window).

This handbook deals with the law for prisoners in Western Australia, however it may be useful for prisoners who want to be transfer interstate.

See WA Legal Aid—Prisoners, parole and prison offences(opens in a new window).

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