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​Commissioner denies claim prisons full

Issued: 3 July 2014
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Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin has denied reports that prison officers have threatened to refuse entry to new inmates because of concerns about overcrowding.

"As part of an industrial campaign, the union is refusing to negotiate any new capacity increase," Commissioner Severin said. "But that is part of a campaign over workers compensation conditions."

The Commissioner also denied claims that prison officers are at increased risk as a result of rising inmate numbers.

"It’s true inmate numbers have increased over the past year, numbers fluctuate all the time," Commissioner Severin said. "But inmates continue to be housed safely and securely. There is no evidence of increased violence against officers or between inmates."