Kevin Minson

Kevin Minson

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    Nyandi Juvenile Detention Centre, Bentley, reopened

    13/12/1996 12:00 AM
     

    13/12/96

     

    The Nyandi Juvenile Detention Centre in Bentley has been reopened to offenders this week following an extensive security upgrade.

     

    The centre, located in the Longmore Detention Complex, will operate with minimal movement of staff and detainees to the main Longmore complex.

     

    Assisting Justice Minister Kevin Minson said Nyandi could house a maximum of 22 juveniles.

     

    "A letter informing residents about the security measures taken and the plan to reopen Nyandi this week has been sent to residents around the Longmore Complex," Mr Minson said.

     

    "Nyandi will cater mainly to school-aged boys undertaking educational programs and other specially selected older detainees and will remain under the management of the Longmore Superintendent.

     

    "The escape in September by seven juvenile offenders was an unacceptable breach and immediate steps were taken to improve security.

     

    "The Ministry of Justice has spent $94,000 strengthening the physical security of the centre as well as reviewing its supervision policy with every effort made to ensure community safety."

     

    Mr Minson said group workers spent last week preparing the centre for the opening, with 20 detainees re-introduced this week.

     

    "The Ministry has consulted extensively with staff over staffing levels, programs and the centre's method of operation," he said.

     

    "Extra staff have been appointed to monitor offenders and two further staff will operate a Program Support Unit - directly boosting the supervision of all detainees.

     

    "The Ministry's Special Operations Unit has reviewed the physical security changes and the Ministry is confident that every effort has been made to secure the centre and safeguard the community."

     

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