Politics — 20 August 2015

A self harm attempt by a man in custody has prompted calls for the State Government to increase its resourcing of Tasmania’s prison service.

The 26-year-old was being held in a cell at the Devonport Magistrate’s Court while waiting to be transported to Launceston.

He was not harmed and was taken to Risdon Prison for specialist care.

The attempt comes after three prisoners were found dead in custody within the space of two months earlier this year.

Labor’s Madeleine Ogilvie said the latest incident could have been avoided if the prison service was appropriately resourced.

“Why wasn’t this man under closer supervision?” she said.

“There was an understanding that he’d come from a situation where perhaps his mental health may have been an issue and it seems to me that one of the first things you would do is make sure that you have adequate supervision.”

In a statement, Corrections Minister Vanessa Goodwin said she was concerned by the incident.

This article first appeared on ‘ABC‘ on 19 August 2015.

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