Prisoners not ‘running the show'

CLAIMS inmates at the Maryborough prison are “running the show” could not be further from the truth, says Corrective Services Minister Neil Roberts.

Yesterday Mr Roberts slammed Opposition corrective services spokesperson Vaughan Johnson for his controversial outburst last week in which he accused the Labor government of ignoring mounting tensions between security officers and management.

Mr Johnson also likened the management of the Maryborough Correctional Centre to that of the Innisfail camp where inmates had been allowed to order pizza and have unsupervised visits with their partners.

Mr Roberts labelled his rival “an absolute hypocrite” and said he had forgotten the conservatives' history with prisons.

He claimed that before Labor took over in 1998 42 inmates including 13 high security prisoners had escaped in the state but that no high-security prisoners had escaped since.

When asked what was being done about the tensions at the prison Mr Roberts said he had advised management to respond appropriately to all issues raised by the union and to ensure all concerns were treated seriously.

He said management should be held accountable for the way the prison was run but that he had “absolute confidence” in its ability to do so.



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