There are three security classifications, maximum, high and low.
A person on remand is classified automatically as high security, but can be increased to maximum.
Four factors must be taken into consideration in deciding the person’s security classification, including during any subsequent reviews:
- the nature of the offence (i.e. considerations of the severity of the offence and whether it included violence, which will be reflected in the length of sentence)
- the risk of the person escaping or attempting to escape
- the risk of the person committing a further offence, and the impact the commission of the further offence is likely to have on the community
- the risk the person poses to themselves and other people, staff members and the security of the facility.
There is no guaranteed way to reduce security classification, as many factors are considered.
Positive factors include:
- participation in recommended programs
- satisfactory conduct within prison
- satisfactory work reports.
Negative factors include:
- breaches of prison discipline
- refusal to participate in programs
- attempted escapes.
More information on the review process can be obtained from Queensland Corrective Services (QCS).
There are event-based reviews after a significant event or scheduled reviews and these are:
- every six months for maximum security and continued detention order
- every 12 months for high security
- after a significant event for low security.
Challenging the review decision
If a review changes a person’s security classification, QCS must provide an information notice, including reasons for the decision. If security classification is increased, the person must be advised that they can ask for reconsideration if they are dissatisfied, provided they do so in writing within seven days of having been notified. Once the decision has been reconsidered, the person must be notified in writing of the result. According to procedure, reconsideration decisions must take place within 28 days. A person can also request reconsideration for the following reasons:
- offender management procedures were not followed
- inappropriate or inaccurate information formed the basis of the decision
- pertinent or relevant information was not considered.