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No new funding for overcrowded M'boro prison

PRISONERS will continue to be squeezed in to the Maryborough Correctional Centre after it missed a $61 million boost to prisons by the State Government.

There are 552 prisoners at the centre which has a built cell capacity of 500.

A Corrective Services spokesman said QCS had the ability to cater for as many prisoners as required.

"Queensland corrective centres are fully scalable to ensure prisoner numbers - which fluctuate for a range of reasons - can be accommodated at any given point in time," he said.

"QCS has implemented a variety of approaches to safely incarcerate inmates, including dual occupancy within cells designed for such use, and the use of temporary bunk beds, trundle beds and mattresses in secure cell or residential areas. It has numerous other options available, if required."

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said $61 million would be invested into recommissioning, refurbishing and expanding existing correctional centres to deliver 650-plus new beds.

But the MCC will miss out, with the money going toward recommissioning the Borallon Correctional Centre, Townsville Correctional Centre, expanding the Lotus Glenn Correctional Centre and the Numinbah Centre.

Mr Bleijie said since the launch of Operation Resolute last year, police statistics showed robberies were down by 21% and break-ins dropped by 23% compared to the same time in 2012-13.

"Far fewer families are now being forced to endure the fear and pain of being broken into and there's been a dramatic drop in robberies," he said.

"Prison is about protecting the community as well as punishing criminals and this year's budget has ensured that the government can continue to keep Queenslanders safe."

The QCS spokesman said individual suitability assessments were conducted where prisoners were considered to share a cell with another prisoner.

Topics:  corrective services, maryborough correctional centre




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