Breaches have lack of consistency

A QUEENSLAND Public Sector Union delegate has said that the implementation of the state’s corrective services act in relation to breaches at Maryborough prison is leading to a lack of consistency since the process was taken over by management from supervisors.

“This means the punishments for offences can vary,” QPSU organiser Ron Fossen said.

“This has an impact on behaviour in the prison. Consistency is vital in a prison environment.”

He said there were concerns about prison breaches which had to be addressed within a certain time period, and the different hours worked by management and supervisors.

“In previous times the supervisors managed the breaches; now it’s management.”

He said the possibility that a breach might not be addressed in the time allowed was a concern to prison officers.

Mr Fossen said officers were happy with the healthy prison process, highlighted by Commissioner Kelvin Anderson last week, but were disappointed Mr Anderson had not met with officers as a group during his visit to the centre on Tuesday.

“I don’t know where he got his info from that things are fine. What kind of consultation is that? You would think he would have met with them if there were any concerns.”

Mr Anderson (pictured) insisted the new management at the prison meant there would be change but change for the better. “Obviously everybody isn’t happy with change.”



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