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​Safety review at Parklea Correctional Centre

Issued: Monday, 10 July 2017

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Corrective Services NSW will review operations at Parklea Correctional Centre following the discovery of an inmate video on YouTube.

The video filmed on an illegal mobile phone in a cell at the prison, run by the private GEO Group, claims staff are smuggling mobile phones into the centre. It also shows weapons and a substance believed to be the drug ice.

Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin met with GEO Group management today to discuss security and safety concerns.

“This is a very serious matter,” Commissioner Severin said.

“I have just met with GEO, and told them I am sending in a public sector Governor to lead a review of the centre."

“The Governor will lead a team that will oversee all major decisions made by GEO management and also review practices there.”

Commissioner Severin said the review was expected to take a minimum of four weeks.

“Contraband is a challenge for both public and private prisons, and inmates will go to extraordinary lengths to introduce illegal mobile phones, drugs and other contraband,” Commissioner Severin said.

“Any suggestion that contraband is smuggled in by staff is taken very seriously and investigated. The integrity of our system has to be beyond reproach."