A Northern Territory lawyer has slammed the Giles CLP Government over a significant drop in prisoner visitation, due to a lack of affordable public transport services.
The Darwin Correctional Centre which is located 30kms from the city CBD has replaced the Berrimah centre as the main facility for adult prisoners in the Northern Territory.
Former president of the Northern Territory Bar association, John Lawrence believes the lack of funding is a backward step and unlikely to occur anywhere else either nationally or internationally.
Mr Lawrence says family visits are important for prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration into society, adding regular contact reduces the rates of reoffending.
The NT Correctional Services Minister John Elferink told main stream media 'there's no indication that recidivist rates of prisoners at Holtze are any different to what they were at Berrimah'.
Minister Elfrink was unavailable to comment.