PRISON UPDATE: Union rep says 'inmates are taking advantage'

UPDATE: OPPORTUNISTIC prison inmates taking advantage of stretched resources were to blame for the violent chaos yesterday at Maryborough Correctional Centre, according to Together Union representative Kevin O'Sullivan.

Multiple officers were injured, and some hospitalised, following the alleged violence about 4pm, Monday resulting in the prison to be put into lockdown.

The Together Union spokesman, which represents the interest of prison officers, said resources were stretched at the jail due to the holiday long weekend and the prison's severe overcrowding problem.

"Easter is an extremely busy period, with many visitations coming through, and unfortunately some prisoners and their families took advantage of that," Mr O'Sullivan said.

"We're very concerned for our members' safety.

"Extra precautions and extra measures need to be put in place like guard dogs and extra staff."

Three officers were treated at hospital and have since been released.

The alleged perpetrators of assaults against custodial officers will remain secured in their cells pending an investigation by the Corrective Services Investigation Unit (CSIU).

The jail was built to house 500 inmates, but regularly caters to more than 600.

The Chronicle understands the incident comes on the back of a large brawl staged by a group of Maryborough prisoners last week.

EARLIER: MARYBOROUGH Correctional Centre is in lockdown after multiple prison officers were attacked by inmates.

Three guards had to be taken to hospital while others are still having their injuries assessed following the alleged violence about 4pm Monday.

A Queensland Corrective Service spokesman confirmed the jail went into lockdown.

"All prisoners are accounted for and the centre is quiet," the spokesman said.

"The matter will be referred to the CSIU for further investigation."

The spokesman said the officers involved would be provided with counselling and support.


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