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Simon caught out at the prison

By johnboy 13 April 2010 30

There’s been quite a bit of local hoo haa over conditions at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (aka the prison).

Inmates have been protesting on the rooftop (of the proudly human rights compliant facility) that they’re being locked in cells for 20 hours a day due to understaffing of the facility (which doesn’t sound very human rights compliant).

In today’s Canberra Times the Corrections Minister Simon Corbell is twisting in the wind having denied the prisoners claims, only for his staff to have to admit some truth to them.

Simon also says the prisoners are acting inappropriately.

Convicted felons acting inappropriately? Oh my giddy aunt, who would have thought such a thing possible?

UPDATE The Liberal’s Jeremy Hanson is trying to call in an audit of the shambolic prison and has pulled all his talking points together:

“Simon Corbell has form in blatantly misleading the public. The prison has been plagued by incidents from the sham opening to the loss of sensitive security equipment, breeches of security resulting in drugs and contraband being smuggled inside staff shortages, breaches in internet security and now prisoners protesting on the roof.

“ACT taxpayer’s are paying approximately $500 a day per prisoner which is significantly more than the $263 a day when prisoners were sent to NSW and almost twice what was promised by the Government. There are also serious questions to be asked as to whether the facility is ‘human rights’ compliant as was promised.

FURTHER UPDATE: In a worrying move for Simon, the Greens are supporting Colonel Hanson’s enquiry push.

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cleo 12:54 am 19 Apr 10

Maybe the government can find some enterprising work for the prisoners to do to earn their keep, and make some money also to keep the prison running!

astrojax 9:14 am 15 Apr 10

of course!

p1 6:04 pm 14 Apr 10

hmm, weird, last lines of the lyrics in m’ last post didn’t italicise: poltergeists on the riotact and jb back – coincidence??

Reptoids.

astrojax 4:05 pm 14 Apr 10

hmm, weird, last lines of the lyrics in m’ last post didn’t italicise: poltergeists on the riotact and jb back – coincidence??

astrojax 3:48 pm 14 Apr 10

breeches of security resulting in drugs and contraband being smuggled inside staff shortages

pants in security? and how do drugs and contarband get inside staff shortages – are the staff compromising their growth with excess drugs? are the excess drugs responsible for staff shortages?

anyway, prisoners on rooftops puts me in mind of:
The evening sun touched gently on the eyes of Lucy Jordan
On the roof top where she climbed when all the laughter grew too loud
And she bowed and curtsied to the man who reached and offered her his hand,
And he led her down to the long white car that waited past the crowd.

At the age of thirty-seven she knew she’d found forever
As she rode along through Paris with the warm wind in her hair …

perhaps our inmates will have an epiphany and all will be well again…

Deadmandrinking 12:20 pm 14 Apr 10

Thumper said :

As much as I like Simon, you do have to ask now and then whether he is up to the task.

No-one should be locked up for 20 hours a day, and the ACT government needs to get off their collective useless asses and fund our so called state of the art prison to a level that makes it fully, and acceptably operational, not this half assed stuff that we’ve seen since, well, to be blunt before, it opened.

+1

Under-staffing is a problem across the board in this city (maybe if anyone could find somewhere affordable to bloody live here???). If any of you wannabe tough-guys want exposure to the real world, here’s your opportunity!

PBO said :

It is a JAIL! Not a country club![/quote>

Not sure which conutry clubs you attend but I am pretty sure climibing on the roof at one would be frowned upon.

Thumper 8:18 am 14 Apr 10

As much as I like Simon, you do have to ask now and then whether he is up to the task.

No-one should be locked up for 20 hours a day, and the ACT government needs to get off their collective useless asses and fund our so called state of the art prison to a level that makes it fully, and acceptably operational, not this half assed stuff that we’ve seen since, well, to be blunt before, it opened.

buzz819 6:29 am 14 Apr 10

NickD said :

Did the cold weather last night force them down? If not, they appear to have volunteered for an unusually severe sentence.

I’m bemused about the posts claiming that conditions in the jail are too lenient when this protest has apparently been caused by prisoners being locked in their cells for 20 hours a day… It’s worth noting that the jail’s inmates range from minimum security to maximum security, so at least some of them should be receiving reasonably lenient treatment while others receive others harsh treatment.

I think you will find that these were people that were on remand, so all classified as Maximum security.

The conditions are to lenient, if they tried doing this at Long Bay or Goulburn shots would have been fired first…

NickD 9:16 pm 13 Apr 10

Did the cold weather last night force them down? If not, they appear to have volunteered for an unusually severe sentence.

I’m bemused about the posts claiming that conditions in the jail are too lenient when this protest has apparently been caused by prisoners being locked in their cells for 20 hours a day… It’s worth noting that the jail’s inmates range from minimum security to maximum security, so at least some of them should be receiving reasonably lenient treatment while others receive others harsh treatment.

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