Dhurringile is a minimum-security prison, but ''more serious'' prisoners are being housed there.JARROD WHITTAKER January 8, 2014 4:55am
The presence of ''more serious'' prisoners at Dhurringile minimum-security prison is a concern, the guards' union says.
Prisoners previously classified as medium security could soon be housed at Dhurringile Prison, the union representing guards says.
The Victorian Government has confirmed a ‘‘small number’’ of prisoners classified restricted minimum are housed at the prison.
Dhurringile is an unfenced minimum security prison.
Community and Public Sector Union industrial officer Andrew Capp said the newly created restriction included harder criminals.
‘‘Some of them will be current C-rated prisoners,’’ Mr Capp said
‘‘Others will be B-rated prisoners — which are more serious prisoners.’’
Victorian prisoners received a security classification following consideration of a range of factors.
These included the nature of the prisoner’s offence, the risk of escape and the risk of committing a further offence.
Mr Capp said the union had concerns about the placing of restricted minimum prisoners at Dhurringile, despite the use of electronic monitoring.
‘‘There are some potential problems there in terms of locating prisoners who were formerly at medium prisons at minimum security prisons,’’ Mr Capp said.
He said the union was ‘‘working through’’ its concerns with Corrections Victoria.
Restricted minimum prisoners at Dhurringile were kept in cell accommodation that was more secure than that of other prisoners.
A Corrections Victoria spokesperson yesterday said only a ‘‘small number’’ of restricted minimum prisoners were housed at Dhurringile.
‘‘These prisoners have undergone a thorough risk assessment and are low risk, but may still have court proceedings under way, or be serving a longer sentence, for example, than other prisoners at Dhurringile,’’ the spokesperson said.
‘‘As a result, these prisoners are subject to additional supervision and higher levels of security and oversight within the minimum security prison.’’
The spokesperson said Corrections Victoria had worked through security arrangements with staff and had increased staffing to ensure community safety is protected.
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