Violence in prisons on the rise

TED Malone says assaults in Queensland jails should not be tolerated.

Last year prisoner-on-prisoner assaults in Queensland jails increased by 13.6% on the previous year, with major assaults jumping by 27%.

While Capricornia only saw a slight increase of two major prisoner-on-prisoner assaults (see graphic), Mr Malone, the Member for Mirani, said every assault in jail was one too many.

LNP Shadow Minister for Corrective Services, Vaughan Johnson, said prison management had become a “sad joke”.

“Labor has lost control of our jails … violence is clearly on the increase and all the Minister can do is deny there's a problem despite his own records showing otherwise (left),” Mr Johnson said.

Neil Roberts, the Minister for Corrective Services, said acts of violence against our prison officers, or between prisoners in our correctional centres, were not tolerated.

“Vaughan Johnson is a hypocrite on the issue of prison security,” Mr Roberts said.



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