Pressure on jails to be eased
Tuesday, 1st December, 2015
By Erica Visser
The state’s Minister for Corrections, David Elliott, touched down in Broken Hill yesterday to visit the jail and thank staff for their efforts during a tough time.
The prison is full and the government said it was working to counteract overcrowding throughout the state which was putting added pressure on officers and inmates alike.
Mr Elliott said the record prison numbers were due to tougher bail laws and technological advances which he said had seen police make more arrests.
“It’s tough everywhere. The system is under stress throughout New South Wales,” he said yesterday.
“There isn’t a jail in that state that’s not in this situation.”
Mr Elliott said broader measures had been put in place to alleviate the problem before Christmas when the courts are due to close.
“Three prisons were closed and two of them have had to be reopened,” he said, “...There are 40 modular cells being prepared for short-term use.”
Mr Elliott will visit Ivanhoe tomorrow as part of his first tour of the region since taking up the position in April.
“I’m delighted to visit Broken Hill for the first time today to meet with the troops and inspect the facilities.”