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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Epidemic of prison escape rates of concern in Clarence

During the last year, there has been an epidemic of escapes from gaols in NSW. Of particular concern is the escape of a maximum security prisoner from the privately-run Parklea Gaol.

We don't want the Grafton Gaol privatised, nor do we want it closed down.

Prison escape rate triples
MEDIA RELEASE - 4 December 2011

Questions on notice asked of the Corrective Services NSW Commission Ron Woodham by NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge during recent budget estimates hearings have revealed that the number of prisoner escapes tripled from FY 2010 to FY 2011.

"These figures show that there has been an epidemic of prison escapes in the last 12 months with the number of escapees tripling in that time," Mr Shoebridge said.

"Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham needs to answer for this breakdown in prison security.

"These 29 escapes in just 12 months is too many, especially given the fact that 4 of these escapes occurred from the newly privatised Parklea facility with one a proven murderer.

"This is the first escape from a maximum security prison in NSW in the last decade and the privatised operators must be under closer scrutiny.

"While the Coalition has ruled out further prison privatisations in NSW for the moment, there is a real concern that their search for 'efficiencies' will lead to staff reductions and greater security concerns.

"The Coalition government needs to seriously review the management of our private and public prisons given this threefold increase in prison escapes", Mr Shoebridge said.

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