The Crime and Corruption Commission’s (CCC) Taskforce Flaxton report released today has revealed Queensland’s privately run prisons create significant corruption risks and lack oversight by the Corrective Services Ethical Standards Unit.
United Voice Queensland, the union representing the state’s private prison officers, said recommendations by the independent watch dog backed up calls to tighten safety standards and transparency at private prisons, particularly Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.
United Voice Coordinator Damien Davie said Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan and the State Government needed to act on the report immediately to stamp out corruption and improve safety and accountability.
“This report reaffirms what our members have been telling us for months – that corruption is rife and cover ups are the norm at private prisons like Arthur Gorrie,” Mr Davie said.
“The CCC acknowledges that the Queensland corrective system is failing. There is no accountability or transparency, and multi-national corporations, like GEO, are putting profits above everything else,” he said.
“When serious incidents are referred back to the private prison operators to investigate themselves, something has got to change.
“We’ve been calling on the Government to take action for months, and still we are seeing serious assaults and a lack of screening at Arthur Gorrie.
“The report says the private prison model disconnects the state from direct responsibility, and that’s not good enough.
“It’s time for GEO to go, to end this culture of danger, corruption, and cover ups that shouldn’t exist in a modern correctional system.”