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CSNSW contraband swoop on Parklea Correctional Centre is just the beginning

Publication date: Tuesday, 18 July 2017

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Nine illegal mobile phones have been found hidden in toilet systems, food packages and televisions during raids at Parklea Correctional Centre, following Corrective Services NSW's intervention.

Seven inmates have been placed in segregation and are expected to face NSW Police charges after the contraband was found during two targeted search operations yesterday.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott said a CSNSW team had gone into the centre last week to review the operations at Parklea, following the discovery of an inmate video on YouTube.

"I was appalled when I saw the inmate's video and we immediately advised the operator, GEO Group, that we would be sending in our own team, led by experienced Governor Sue Wilson," Mr Elliott said.

"Last night we conducted an intelligence-based sweep of the centre, seizing mobile phones and tobacco from a number of cells – and this is only the beginning.

"Our experienced team will be shadowing staff at the centre and monitoring all major decisions, as well as undertaking a complete review of security and safety.

"We are confident that operations can be turned around. Alternatively, we will consider our options under the contract with the GEO Group."

Yesterday's CSNSW Security Operations Group search and another raid by Parklea officers netted a range of illegal items including:

  • Nine mobile phones;
  • Three phone chargers;
  • 60 green and white capsules;
  • 11 heart-shaped tablets;
  • One strip of buprenorphine; and
  • 50g of tobacco.

Acting CSNSW Commissioner Luke Grant said it was important to remain one step ahead of the inmates when cracking down on contraband.

"Inmates go to great lengths to smuggle illegal items into prisons and often take advantage of their friends and family members to assist in this illegal activity," Mr Grant said.

"Contraband creates an increased safety risk for our staff and other inmates, and anyone caught bringing illegal items into our prisons will be charged by NSW Police and face the full consequences of the law."