Four ‘disturbing’ assaults on prison guards in one week at notorious Sydney jail
Ray Hadley has revealed there’s been a concerning spate of assaults on prison guards at the notorious Parklea Correctional Centre.
The prison has been riddled by scandals over recent years, resulting GEO Group being dumped as the jail’s private operator last year.
Parklea is now run by MTC-Broadspectrum, but multiple officers have contacted Ray to express their concern about the dangerous working conditions at the prison.
They claim many of the officers are inexperienced, overworked and undertrained.
MTC-Broadspectrum has now confirmed that since they took charge in April, there have been 21 assaults on staff by inmates (full statement below).
Four prison guards have been assaulted in the past week alone.
But Public Service Association (PSA) General Secretary Stewart Little tells Ray management is willing to work with them to improve the situation.
“We’re actually meeting with them on the ground as we speak because there was quite a serious assault just a couple of days ago.
“We’ve had a number of officers assaulted, which disturbs us greatly.
“It’s not good enough and we need to make sure that we sort out the safety issues on the ground there very, very quickly.”
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Full statement from MTC-Broadspectrum:
- There have been 21 inmate on staff assaults since MTC-Broadspectrum took over Parklea Correctional Centre. The majority of these incidents involved inmates pushing or spitting on staff. Four of these assaults occurred in the past week.
- This sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable and we are taking measures to stamp it out. We have provided staff with medical treatment and counselling where necessary.
- Inmates who misbehave are subject to internal charges, which can result in segregation, reclassification or withdrawal of privileges. Depending on the severity of the offence they can also face further criminal charges and additional prison time.