Goulburn inmates charged, Correctional Officers commended

Issued: Thursday, 16 October 2014

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Corrective Services NSW has welcomed police action in charging 11 inmates following a serious disturbance at Goulburn Correctional Centre last month and will award responding officers with a Commissioner's commendation.

Following the incident, Corrective Services segregated identified offenders and has shifted two alleged ringleaders to a maximum-security unit for violent institutional offenders at Lithgow Correctional Centre.

The incident followed the cancellation of a barbecue due to poor behaviour, on Saturday 20 September 2014. Some inmates damaged property and refused to comply with directions. They were returned to their cells by officers.

"I commend the officers for their effective action," said Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin.

"In a potentially dangerous situation, the inmates were brought under control promptly and with no serious injury. I am acknowledging the fine work of all staff involved in managing the incident with official Commissioner's Commendations."

"Goulburn staff have also worked extremely well with our Security and Intelligence Division to ensure those involved were segregated and in the case of two ringleaders, sent to Lithgow to a maximum-security unit for prison troublemakers.''

The Commissioner also commended detectives from the Hume Local Area Command for their investigation into the incident. On Tuesday 14 October 2014 eleven male inmates were charged with riot. They are expected to appear at Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday 10 December 2014.

Riot is a charge under the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) describing an offence where 12 or more people use or threaten unlawful violence as a group.

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