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Part Three: Horizon Adult Remand Centre


the cell, leaving a central corridor between them not much more than a metre wide. Unsurprisingly, when speaking to detainees during the visits, they would invariably be lying or sitting on their own individual bunk, as there would be barely enough room for each of them to stand in the cell at the same time. It should be remembered that the HARC cells were specifically designed to be this overcrowded.


Each cell in HARC is fitted with a toilet in the rear corner, generally unscreened, behind the inmate’s bunks. However, the majority of these had no running water, and required inmates to pour water down them in order to flush. Many were broken altogether, either vandalised, or simply faulty. Tere are no taps in the cells at HARC, despite it having been built so recently. Detainees are permitted only a limited amount of water each day. As in SCACC and TSACC, the amount depends upon how many drinking vessels they can secure. Using the water to flush the cell toilet therefore lessens the amount of drinking water available to inmates.


None of the cells at HARC have working electricity inside, and the remanded population are generally not permitted to run wires from sockets outside their cells in the same way as the inmates at the correctional centres (some of the sentenced population are afforded this amenity). Te cells themselves are unlit, and the only light available comes through the bars at the front of the cells, from halogen bulbs which run down the corridors. Tere are sockets for halogen bulbs in each of the cells, which were installed when HARC was constructed, but no bulbs, and no electricity. Many of the sockets had been vandalised. We were informed that there had never been working light bulbs in the cells. Further, unlike at SCACC or TSACC, the corridors at HARC are enclosed within the institution complex, and do not lead directly outside, meaning that there is no natural light whatsoever in the cells. Te only ventilation comes from the bars at the front of the cell, but again, as this leads onto an enclosed internal corridor, it provides virtually no relief. Te cells are thus incredibly hot, and with limited ability to flush a toilet which is shared between six men, the stench is overpowering.


Time out of Cells/Exercise


Te inmates are permitted around ten minutes per day outside their cells to bathe, collect water, and do their laundry in the washrooms. Each section at Horizon has an internal washroom at the end of the corridor, fitted with communal, unscreened showers and a sink for laundry. However, many of the showers did not appear to work, paint was falling away from the walls, and in some cases plaster from the walls was coming away. Te washrooms were filthy. Just as throughout HARC, when confronted with them it was almost impossible to believe that the building was constructed so recently.


Other than the time allotted to visit the washrooms, the remanded inmates at HARC generally spend 24 hours a day locked down. Exercise periods for the remanded


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