Jail gets tougher on contraband
THE FIGHT against illegal contraband at the Maryborough Correctional Centre is about to get technical.
The Acting Commissioner for Queensland Corrective Services, Peter Bottomley, said the centre will soon be receiving a hand-held mobile phone detector called a Winkleman, which has proved successful in the fight against illegal contraband in other centres.
He said the technology would allow search teams to sweep areas of the centre and pinpoint where a telephone may be located.
Mr Bottomley said the detector was essential as, with developing technology, many contraband items, including phones, were becoming smaller and easier to hide.
“The means we have to constantly review our security measures and the available technology not only being used in Australia but internationally.
“We don’t rely on one detection method but use a combination of intelligence gathering, drug detection dogs, random and targeted drug testing, random searches as well as electronic detection.
“This is a technology package designed to maintain the security of our centres.”
He said the prisoners caught with contraband items in their possession may be subject to criminal charges or disciplinary proceedings.
All matters are referred to the Queensland Police Services Corrective Services Investigation Unit for investigation.
In the 2009-10 financial year, five prisoners from the Maryborough Correctional Centre have been charged by the CSIU with five offences relating to the possession of contraband.
In the same period two visitors to the centre have been charged with three offences relating to the supply of drugs and other contraband.