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​Jail time for officers in inmate relationships

Published date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Prison officers and correctional staff who have sex or an intimate relationship with an inmate face a maximum two-year jail sentence.

The new offence demonstrates the Government’s commitment to respond to community concerns about a small minority of staff who engage in inappropriate relationships with inmates and offenders on community orders.

It also complements the Taskforce Themis investigation, led by former Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Murdoch, into the management of historical allegations of inappropriate relationships within the prison system.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott said he supports the vast majority of correctional officers and staff who discharge their duties with integrity and diligence.

“I stand with all prison officers and correctional staff who are appalled by the reports of alleged inappropriate relationships with offenders and express my gratitude for the work they do in one of the most challenging professions in NSW,” Mr Elliott said.
“Prisons should deliver punishment and rehabilitation in a secure environment. An inappropriate relationship with an inmate puts that in jeopardy.”

The law applies to staff members at both publically and privately operated prisons as well as community corrections staff.

It also supports the Corrective Service NSW code of conduct and the common law offence of misconduct in public office.