Statement made on 24 April 2012 by Senator Joan Fraser
Hon. Joan Fraser:
I have a supplementary question. The leader said that the prisoners will be transferred maximum to maximum, medium to medium. That is all well and good, but the plan also includes closing the psychiatric treatment centre. As all members of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee have been made starkly aware, this country's federal prison system is already drastically underserved in terms of treatment for the mentally ill. We know that the population of our prisons increasingly consists of people with mental illnesses. What will the government do with them?
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