MARYBOROUGH Correctional Centre was in lock-down yesterday after two prisoners drunk on “prison brew” climbed on to a roof and refused to come down for more than five hours.
General manager Trevor Craig said prison officers were patrolling the residential compound at 5.30pm on Wednesday when they noticed the smell of alcohol on three inmates.
“Staff brought them into the supervisor’s office for breath tests, and all of them came up positive.”
As a result, officers moved the inmates to a “secure area” – but in the process two broke away and ran back into the compound.
The third was put in a detention unit.
Mr Craig said the “clearly alcohol-affected” prisoners, aged 21 and 24, climbed on to a nearby walkway roof then atop the roof of a residential unit.
They refused to come down for more than five hours.
The alcohol they had been drinking was what staff referred to as prison brew – a mix of “common food products” brewed up by prisoners in their units.
Their alcohol readings – ranging from 0.114% to 0.186% – were an indication of the brew’s potency.
After more than an hour of staff trying to coax the prisoners down, Mr Craig said, police negotiators were called in from Hervey Bay.
Officers negotiated with the inmates for three hours before they finally climbed down.
Mr Craig said the 21-year-old, on remand for robbery with violence, and the 24-year-old, serving three years for assault, would probably be moved to a maximum security prison in Brisbane.
The third offender would spend time in the detention unit.
Yesterday the prison was searched thoroughly.
“The residential units are searched every week ... but as a result of these types of incidents our concern is to make sure the prison is secure,” Mr Craig said.
“The incident will now be reviewed on several levels.”
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