Saturday, 12 December 2015

Raising Newborn Children In Queensland Prisons, Why?

Why do Female prisoners say it is often the best option for their newborns?


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The Australian Prison Officers Association (APOA) would like some data on this topic and the general feeling amongst our members and the community on potential remedies to this growing problem.

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Women's Jail Full to Bursting says Sunday Mail - 13 December 2015

The Sunday Mail reported that the Women's Jail [sic] at Wacol (Brisbane Women's) is "full to bursting".

Sisters Inside Advocate Debbie Kilroy said "We need funded services to get these women out....."


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Jailhouse Mother's Story Sunday Mail


Rose Brennan from the Courier Mail posted this article in the Sunday Mail 13 December 2015.


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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Prison Officers To Be Random Drug Tested


THE WEST AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER 

Prison officers will face random drug and alcohol testing from early next year as part of an ongoing crackdown on corruption within WA jails.
A spokeswoman for Corrective Services Commissioner James McMahon confirmed testing protocols and procedures had been finalised and the roll-out of the program should begin in early 2016.
The testing would include random and targeted screening, as well as mandatory testing after all critical incidents.
Legislation to enable random testing was passed by Parliament more than a year ago.
But Mr McMahon told a Parliamentary estimates committee that the delay in implementation was due to the need to firstly roll out loss of confidence procedures to enable him to dismiss officers who test positive.

Prison Officers’ Union secretary John Welch said his members supported anti-corruption measures, but questioned why it had taken so long.
“Prison officers will work with any process introduced to stop drugs being introduced into prisons,” he said.
“It is embarrassing for the Government that it is still talking about it rather than just doing it.”
WA Police have had a similar drug and alcohol testing program in place since 2012.
Last week, three WA Police officers were caught with meth and ecstasy in their systems and all are expected to be sacked. 
The Australian Prison Officers Association's Brian Newman said "I have to agree with the WAPOU, why has it taken so long?"
"Prisons are no place for someone under the influence of illicit substances, they are very volatile places at the best of times" Mr Newman said.

The APOA shared some concerns in relation to Prison Officers right to privacy, but said in the larger scheme of things, this would most likely be positively embraced by the greater majority of Prison Officers throughout Australia striving for safer workplaces.

Prison Officers can express the opinions and are encouraged to do so on this topic and any other in the comments section of this blog.

Confidential emails can be sent directly to Brian Newman by emailing brian.newman@workersfirst.com.au 



Thursday, 3 December 2015

Police and Corrective Services Minister Gets The "Go On Get!!!"



The Queensland Parliament Ethics Committee Report into Police and Corrective Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller said;

"Her behaviour has been found reckless and unbecoming of a minister of the Crown, but Jo-Ann Miller has escaped being exiled from the Palaszczuk Government Cabinet."


Dumped Police and Corrective Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller

The Ethics Committee yesterday found Ms Miller guilty of a pattern of reckless behaviour over a documents bungle which saw her leave sensitive Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee reports in a safe despite signing a declaration that the documents had been destroyed.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said;

“In light of the seriousness of the committee’s findings, I have advised Minister Miller of my intention that she no longer continue in her present portfolio,”

The Australian Prison Officers Association's Brian Newman said;

"Simply put, we wonder if these concessions are now going to be given to Police and Prison Officers if they are found to be lying scumbags, deliberately misleading the public and formal inquiries? This Government is utterly unrealistic and up to it's neck in Ministers who are practising in reckless and unbecoming behaviour daily."

See the full Courier Mail article at Courier Mail Website