Department of Correctional Services
Directions for Alert Level 1 in correctional centres and remand detention facilities have been drawn up.
The correctional services department published the Directions in Government Gazette 43894 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.
The department confirmed that the Directions apply during Alert Level 1.
The Directions focus on safety and general measures for the duration of the national state of disaster; restrictions regarding placement, movement and release of inmates, parolees and probationers; amenities, consultations and visits and remand detainees.
The Directions stipulate that all inmates, when entering correctional facilities, must be screened in terms of established protocols, quarantined in terms of national health COVID-19 guidelines and subjected to regulatory assessments before they are detained with the general inmate population.
Other measures include that illegal foreign nationals whose sentences expire during the national state of disaster will be released into permanent designated facilities or temporary deportation or repatriation facilities awaiting deportation; day parole granted to sentenced offenders is suspended; parolees and probationers are permitted to render community services subject to COVID-19 containment measures; non-contact visits by members of the public to inmates in correctional facilities are permitted, limited to two visitors per inmate per month in separate scheduled visits and bail payments will be accepted at correctional facilities or at courts.
The Directions came into effect on the date of publication.