MEDIA RELEASE 6 MARCH 2019: GEO, the US-based operator of Arthur Gorrie jail in Brisbane, is putting lives at risk in order to win a State Government tender to continue running the facility.
United Voice Queensland represents officers at the jail and says overcrowding, understaffing and cost cutting have led to an increasingly dangerous environment for staff and prisoners.
United Voice Queensland spokesperson Damien Davie said the State Labor Government must get rid of GEO, the profit-driven company that had no regard for safety.
Mr Davie said he could not understand why the Minister was sticking by GEO.
“Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan should be charged with murder or GBH if an officer is killed or seriously harmed at the jail,” Mr Davie said.
“These officers protect our community by managing some of the country’s most violent offenders. They have the right to come home to their families in one piece.
“There’s a litany of failings here in Australia and overseas by this company. The New South Wales Liberal Government has thrown them out of their prisons and it’s time the Queensland labor government did the same.”
A recent Crime and Corruption Commission report confirmed that Queensland’s privately run prisons created significant corruption risks and lacked oversight by the Corrective Services Ethical Standards Unit.
United Voice Queensland will hold a rally outside the State Government building at 1 William Street on March 6.