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​Minister welcomes report into management of radicalised inmates

Published date: Thursday, 7 June 2018

An independent report into the management of radicalised inmates in the correctional system has confirmed that NSW has the strongest counter terrorism measures in the country.

The report titled ‘The Management of Radicalised Inmates in NSW’ by the Inspector of Custodial Services Fiona Rafter tabled in NSW Parliament today has found well-established practices to counter terrorism and mange extremists in custody.

It follows a request by Minister for Corrections David Elliott for a full and thorough investigation into the management of radicalised prisoners in the system following the assault on an inmate at Mid North Coast Correctional Centre in 2016.

The Inspector interviewed more than 200 Corrective Services officers and inspected five prisons, including the High Risk Management Correctional Centre known as Supermax.

There is no evidence of widespread radicalisation across the system, the report found.

“I thank the Inspector for her report and welcome the recommendations which will ensure we continue to follow best practice when it comes to the challenge of managing radicalised inmates,” Mr Elliott said.

The NSW Government has invested $47 million in the expansion of Supermax, creating a new high security unit at Goulburn Correctional Centre, and a dedicated Counter Terrorism Unit to manage extremist inmates.

Tough new laws to keep radicalised inmates behind bars were legislated last year.

“One of the most important jobs of any Government is to ensure the protection and security of the community from those who would do us harm,” Mr Elliott said.

“This report reaffirms that the NSW Liberals & Nationals have the strongest counter terrorism legislation and measures in the country.”