Capricornia prisoners return positive drug tests
THIRTY-two prisoners in the Capricornia Correctional Centre have tested positive for drugs in the past year, according to the latest statistics released by Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne.
The data shows that in the 2015-2016 financial year, 309 targeted drug tests were conducted and 27 of those drug test results were positive.
Out of the 392 random tests conducted in the same year, five results came back positive, showing an overall increase in positive drug tests compared to previous years' results.
In the 2014-2015 financial year, 288 target drug tests were conducted with eight of those testing positive, while none tested positive out of the 392 random tests conducted in that same year.
Over the past four years, 88 prisoners in the Capricornia Correctional Centre have tested positive for drugs.
Minister for Corrective Services Mark Ryan responded to a question in Parliament earlier in the week regarding the number of positive drug tests in prisons.
He said "swift action” was taken against prisoners who tested positive or failed to provide a sample.
"The Palaszczuk Government has zero tolerance for drugs in prison,” Mr Ryan said.
"Random urinalysis testing occurs on a weekly basis within high and low security corrective services facilities.
"Prisoners are selected for this type of drug testing on a random basis... Testing is unpredictable in terms of the day and time of the week that the samples are collected.
"A 2015-2016 increase in targeted drug testing has resulted in an encouraging rise in the number of incidences of drug smuggling that have been detected.”