1 April 2020
Tasmania Prison Service – Delay in Professional Mail
The TPS has received advice that it is possible that coronavirus may be able to survive on items such as mail and property for up to three days.
As a result, effective from 30 March 2020, the TPS will be quarantining mail for three days before it is processed and sent down to the prison facilities. Prisoners have been advised of this delay.
If there are any documents that need to be provided on an urgent basis, they can be emailed to TPS.Warrants@justice.tas.gov.au. Only urgent documents should be sent to prisoners this way. I stress that while legal mail will not be read, staff will be opening the electronic documents to print them, and will therefore be inadvertently viewing such documents. Practitioners may wish to consider this prior to sending legal material.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new process, please direct them to email@example.com.
24 March 2020
Effective immediately, all personal visits (contact and non-contact) with prisoners have been suspended until further notice.
Professional visits will still be facilitated (such as legal visits, Court Mandated Diversion, Community Corrections and psychological assessments). However, all professional visitors are strongly encouraged to use alternative means of contact where this is viable to do so. The Tasmania Prison Service is continuing to explore systems to support ‘virtual’ professional visits.
Professional contact visits will be available in all facilities except the Risdon Prison Complex, which will facilitate non-contact visits only.
If there are any questions or concerns from legal practitioners and other professional visitors, please ask them to contact the TPS COVID-19 Communications Hub on 6165 7391 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 March 2020
Media Release – Premier of Tasmania – Personal Prison Visits Temporarily Suspended