14 VLAD law prisoners get 52 jail beds, others get the floor

FOURTEEN remand prisoners held under VLAD laws occupy a 52-bed unit at Woodford Prison, while else where in the complex other inmates sleep on the floor because of a lack of room.

The VLAD law prisoners being held in the P3 unit wear bubblegum pink uniforms and are locked down for 22 hours a day under the control of six officers.

Sources have told the Daily that the most the unit has held is 32 since the crackdown began. They say the expectation is that present numbers will continue to fall.

"P3 is not an MSU (maximum security unit)," the source said.

"They were going to use the MSU and P3 but this has fizzed. All VLAD prisoners end up at Woodford.

"The expectation was that bikies would arrive in numbers."

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Overcrowding elsewhere in the prison has required other inmates to sleep on mattresses on the floor, and store belongings in milk crates.

A Corrective Services spokeswoman said prisoners on remand were generally held at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.

"QCS is unable to comment on the number of criminal motorcycle gang members at specific facilities due to safety and security considerations," she said.

"Prisoner numbers are managed on a statewide basis and fluctuate over time, driven by a variety of factors including crime rates, sentencing practices, parole board decision-making, and parole breaches.

"To efficiently manage these fluctuations, all Queensland prisons have the ability to employ a 'surge-capacity' strategy.''

"All prisoners considered for accommodation in a cell with another placement are subject to an individual suitability assessment."

Sources said VLAD prisoners at Woodford are being treated as heroes when they are being taken through move-and-control points.

"They are receiving huge support from other prisoners," they said.

"They've been elevated to hero status. A lot of them are grubs. But that is the result."

Despite current overcrowding, Woodford is considered the least crowded of Queensland's prisons.

Sources say Brisbane Women's Correction Centre is "bursting at the seams".


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