W.02.01 Circumstances where dry cells can be used

  1. Dry cells can only be used under the below circumstances, and all decisions to place prisoners in dry cells must be recorded, with rationale for the place decision.
    1. For a period not exceeding 3 hours while the prisoner suspected of internal concealment, or other complex needs, is under assessment and a decision is being made about their management, when no other cell or place is suitable for conducting an assessment or developing a management plan.
      Watch Point

      Record Keeping: Notation of rationale for placement in the dry cell is included in the incident report.

      Observations: Continual physical observations

    2. Suspected of Internal Concealment while segregated under section 60(1) (a) of the Corrections Act (Medical Oversight).
    3. While a prisoner is voluntarily refusing food and is segregated under section 60(1) (a) of the Corrections Act (Medical Oversight).
      Note: Not all prisoners voluntarily refusing food need to be managed in a dry cell. Refer to IR.04 Voluntary refusal of food and/or liquid intake (hunger strike).
    4. At risk of self-harm, when there are no other suitable at risk cells available, and segregated under section 60 (1)(b) of the Corrections Act (mental health).
    5. Other complex behavioural needs where special arrangements need to be made to manage behaviour pending suitable placement (ie. wilful damage / flooding to previous cell); while segregated under section 58 (1) of the Corrections Act (security and good order). This must be a temporary measure until other arrangements can be made (ie. Movement to management unit or transfer).
      Watch Point

      Record Keeping: Segregation direction, Management / Care plan, IOMS alert, IOMS cell allocation, and entry in the segregation register.

      Observations: As per the management or care plan, and as recommended by the health centre manager or clinical manager, for section 60(1) directions.


      The health centre manager is responsible for working with the prison director to manage the health care of any person who is segregated for the purpose of medical oversight and ensuring appropriate observations occur.