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Sixteen mobile phones prevented from entering Goulburn prison

Issued: 8 May 2017

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  • Photographs attached show: 2 of 4 parcels thrown over outer perimeter fence; and the 16 mobile phones and 15 phone chargers.
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Staff at Goulburn Correctional Centre have prevented 16 mobile phones from entering the prison. The phones, along with 15 phone chargers and 8 SIM cards, were contained in four parcels that were thrown over an outer perimeter wire fence on 3 May 2017. The parcels were picked up by staff very early the next morning.

“This attempt to introduce contraband was unusual in its scale,” said Commissioner Peter Severin.

“Our officers conduct regular checks of all areas in and around the prison. I praise the staff member who located these items.”

A phone jamming trial for Goulburn Correctional Centre has been approved by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. This follows a successful trial at Lithgow Correctional Centre. Goulburn has been chosen for the next trial because, unlike the prison at Lithgow, it is very close to businesses and residences. The Goulburn proposal is currently out for tender.

“This attempt to introduce such a large number of phones reinforces the importance of phone jamming,” said Commissioner Severin.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott congratulated the staff member who made the discovery and said the fight against contraband is a constant battle for CSNSW.

“The NSW Government is investing in upgrading security and infrastructure right across the prison system,” said Mr Elliott.

“This discovery shows how vigilant prison officers are in their patrols.”

Corrective Services NSW and the Police are conducting investigations into the incident.