W.02 Using Dry Cells

Prisoners must not be managed more restrictively than necessary, and must be accommodated in cells with toilets, running water and privacy screens unless they are subject to a segregation direction (section 61 of the Corrections Act).

Dry cells (also known as round rooms) are cells that do not have a toilet, running water, or a modesty screen, and are designed for the management of internal concealment (CR2005 (64)(2)).

If a prisoner is placed in a dry cell for more than 3 hours or overnight then they are being accommodated in the cell, and this is not permitted, without a segregation direction (see regulation 57 of the Corrections Regulations 2005).

The reasons for placement in the dry cell must be included in the W.01.01.Form.03 Internal Concealment Care Plan.

Watch Point

Within these procedures, observations refers to observations performed by custodial staff and does not include observations performed by health staff. Health observations are different to custodial observations and are included in any relevant health policy or procedures.

CCTV / cameras are supplementary to in person observations and do not take the place of in person observations when specified as required.

There must be documented rationale for the decision to put the prisoner in a dry cell, and not an at risk or management unit cell if they are not suspected of internal concealment (i.e. why was it necessary to deprive them of a toilet, running water, privacy screen?).