Three prisoners assaulted but no one’s saying anything

IT SEEMS Central Queenslanders will never know the extent of the reported assaults inside the Capricornia Correctional Centre.

That's because no one will tell us anything.

Yesterday The Morning Bulletin tried to obtain information about prisoners who were taken to Rockhampton Hospital after three assaults at the prison in the past five days.

One prisoner, age unknown, was assaulted on Tuesday afternoon.

Two other prisoners were assaulted on Saturday. One was reported to have suffered facial injuries.

All three were believed to have been under the close watch of prison guards at the hospital.

Media spokesman for the Department of Corrective Services Ron McDonald said under section 341 of the Corrective Services Act, no information about the prisoners or the assaults could be released for publication.

Another spokesman for the department said the security of correctional centres and the safety and wellbeing of staff and prisoners were Queensland Correctives Services' top priorities.

The department confirmed "several recent incidents" were being investigated. Those incidents resulted in two prisoners being taken to hospital.

"Any allegation of assault is taken very seriously, and all assaults are referred to the Queensland Police Service," the spokesman said.

"It would be inappropriate for Corrective Services to make any further comment about the circumstances while the investigations are taking place."

The Capricornia Correctional Centre has 410 "built beds" or cells for prisoners, but is currently holding 453 prisoners in secure custody.

A 492-bed prison at Borallon, west of Ipswich - which will have "a strong emphasis on training and education" - is being recommissioned and will be open early next year.

The spokesman said the Borallon upgrade would relieve the pressure of prisoner numbers on correctional centres around Queensland.

The spokesman would not comment as to whether the recent assaults were related to prison over-crowding.



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