Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Private Parklea Prison operator defends itself after riot – 9 NEWS 13/07/2021

The owner of the privately-run Parklea Prison is defending itself after more than 60 inmates rioted yesterday, including many who scaled onto the prison’s roof.
MTC-Broadspectrum was awarded the contract to operate the Centre on behalf of Corrective Services New South Wales in 2018, and commenced operation on March 31, 2019.
Corrective Services NSW say the revolt was drug motivated, with opioids allegedly among the rioters’ demands.
Today MTC-Broadspectrum defended accusations that the prison is understaffed and lacking basic equipment such as handcuffs.
“It was an exceptionally dangerous situation,” the prison’s governor Paul Baker said.
“Police will investigate and press charges where it is appropriate, so a very clear message is sent both to inmates and to the population at large.”
Unions are scathing in how the operator handled the incident.
“They haven’t acted fast enough and they haven’t acted effectively enough and the outcome is what happened yesterday,” said Troy Wright from the Public Service Association.
Prisoners at the correctional centre in Sydney’s north-west broke through razor wire fencing and climbed onto the roofs of buildings at the prison about 2pm yesterday.
By about 5pm, the 14 inmates on the roof had been removed.
About 50 inmates in yards also refused to comply and staff deployed “chemical munitions” to clear the yards, officials said in a statement.
Fires were also lit during the incident.
Inmates who were involved in the riots are now facing charges which may extend their sentences.