Bikie war at Melbourne prison as 300 armed inmates tear down fences separating rival gangs during riot over a smoking ban


 – and fears grow over notorious tattooed enforcer locked in isolation

  • At least 60 prisoners at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Remand Centre rioting
  • Rioters seen covering their faces, bashing doors and carrying large sticks
  • Unrest believed to be protest against ban on smoking set to be introduced
  • Notorious Australian bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell being held at the prison 
  • Corrections Commissioner said the ‘perimeter of the prison is secure’ 
  • There have been reports of up to 100 inmates still rioting inside the prison 
  • Up to two fires are reportedly burning inside of the building 

Prison riot: Corrections Victoria regains control of Melbourne Remand Centre after police storm facility

Updated 48 minutes ago

Corrections Victoria has regained control of the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Melbourne’s west, after a 15-hour riot that started around noon yesterday ended overnight.

Heavily armed police carrying shields stormed the maximum security prison around 3:00am in a bid to quell the rioting prisoners.

In a statement, Corrections Victoria said it was a difficult operation conducted under the cover of darkness to protect prison staff, Victoria Police and prisoners.

I think it’s fair to say that I am deeply relieved that no-one was seriously hurt

Wade Noonan, Victorian Corrections Minister

Several prisoners were hurt in the riot and were treated by medical staff.

A wall was knocked down, fires were lit and windows were smashed during the violence, involving up to 300 inmates, some of who covered their faces and carried sticks.

The riot is widely believed to have been sparked by the imposition of a smoking ban which came into effect today at the remand centre at Ravenhall.

Two staff members suffered minor injuries but “these were not as a direct result of interaction with prisoners” the department said in a statement.

This morning five fire trucks returned to the centre after a fire alarm was triggered due to a minor fire at the premises.

A statement from the Justice Department said there was no risk to prisoner or staff safety.

Two ambulances were also seen going into the centre and Ambulance Victoria said one man was being treated for chest pain.

Ambulance officials could not say if it was it a prison staff member or an inmate.

About 200 staff were evacuated from the facility and all of the state’s prisons went into lockdown as a precaution.

A large number of prisoners were transferred to other facilities as authorities assessed the damage to the prison.

Corrections Victoria will hold an internal review to the handling of the riot and Victoria Police is also investigating.

Victorian Corrections Minister Wade Noonan called the incident “unacceptable” and “dangerous”.

“This behaviour will not be tolerated,” he said.

“I want to assure the Victorian people that there will be a thorough investigation into what caused this riot, how this major security breach happened and the response to it.

“This criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.

“I think it’s fair to say that I am deeply relieved that no-one was seriously hurt and this is in no small part due to the efforts of our brave men and women in Corrections Victoria and Victoria Police.”

Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard said all prisons across the state would remain in lockdown for the time being.

She said the smoking ban probably was the reason for the riot but that the ban would still be enforced from today.

Ms Shuard could not put a dollar figure on the amount of damage inside the centre but said prison cells, windows and units were damaged.

She said work had already begun to assess the damage and make repairs.

All 802 prisoners were accounted for.

Ms Shuard said most prisoners returned to their cells on instructions from police and corrections officials.

Police used capsicum spray to subdue those refusing to cooperate.

“I would say by the time we got to the end of the exercise there was around 50 prisoners out and about that we had to bring back under control but that took a long time,” Ms Shuard said.

“The numbers decreased as the day went on.”

Most prisoners returned to cells voluntarily

Ms Shuard said they were enacting a prison recovery plan to fix the damage and secure the prisoners in their cells.

“So we’ll go to a restricted regime for a period of time and then when we assess its safe to do so we will start moving back to a normal regime but it’ll take a while,” she said.

“Those people that might be involved in these incidents don’t get the same freedom of movement that they would’ve had previously.

Every Victorian should be in no doubt that those who have acted in a criminal way will feel the full force of the law.

Daniel Andrews, Victorian Premier

“There are very restricted regimes for people that cause disruption to the prison system.”

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said police took their time, planned the operation to regain control of the prison and then executed that plan.

“It took several hours to give the prisoners who didn’t want to be involved in any confrontation with police and corrections staff an opportunity to return to their cells.

“The vast majority of prisoners on the night returned to their cells and as they were confronted during the evening the remaining prisoners surrendered and were accounted for.”

Assistant Commissioner Leane said some of the inmates involved would probably face new criminal charges.

“I think there’s quite a few of them [who] will be thinking that they may be doing some more time than they weren’t planning on doing, yes,” he said.

Ms Shuard also promised a wide-ranging review of the handling of the incident.

“If criminal acts have occurred within our prison that would be a matter for Victoria Police to pursue any charges,” she said.

Mr Noonan praised prison staff, police and emergency workers for their “bravery in a difficult and dangerous situation”.

“I want to assure the Victorian people there will be a thorough investigation into what caused this riot, how this major security breach happened and the response to it,” he said in a statement.

Premier angry about riot, promises independent inquiry

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said what happened at the remand centre was “completely unacceptable” and that criminal behaviour would be investigated and prosecuted.

“We’ll investigate what went on and how it was allowed to happen,” he said.

“The circumstances around this will be fully and frankly investigated with independent oversight.

“We’ve got to learn from this and ensure that everything that can be done to avoid it ever happening again is done.”

Mr Andrews said “very significant damage was done” that will come at “considerable cost” to the Victorian taxpayer.

“Every Victorian should be in no doubt that those who have acted in a criminal way will feel the full force of the law,” he said.

Fiona Patten, the leader of the Australian Sex Party, urged the Government to overturn the smoking ban.

“It’s naive to think that when you erode the rights of an individual who has precious little freedom in the first place, they are going to just sit back and take it,” she said.

“Obviously they are going to feel further marginalised and this is exactly what has led to the trouble at the Ravenhall Maximum security facility.”

But the Premier promptly rejected that idea.

“It will not be changed. You don’t reward that sort of appalling behaviour by bringing about policy changes,” he said.

Heavily-armed police have stormed a maximum security prison after 300 criminals began rioting over a smoking ban.

Officers wearing vests, helmets and carrying shotguns charged the prison about 3:20pm in an effort to retake control, after riots broke out around 12.20pm on Tuesday. A police drone also hovered above the centre.

Inside the prison, water cannons were used to control prisoners, which included rival bikie gangs locked in a bitter war, according to Channel Seven.  

Dozens of riot police stormed the centre and continued into the night with heavily armed police monitoring the entrance at 11pm,The Herald Sun have reported.

Fires burned well into the evening inside the maximum security prison complex.

On the loose: About 300 criminals are rioting and guards have been overrun at a Melbourne prison, with more than 100 officers trying to stop 

On the loose: About 300 criminals are rioting and guards have been overrun at a Melbourne prison, with more than 100 officers trying to stop 

Dozens of riot police stormed the centre and continued well into the night with heavily armed police monitoring the entrance at 11pm

Dozens of riot police stormed the centre and continued well into the night with heavily armed police monitoring the entrance at 11pm

Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard said ‘the perimeter of the prison is secure.’

Cheering and shouting was reportedly heard from inside the prison walls at 9.15pm.

‘We have worked very closely with our staff across the state in the implementation of this smoking ban and they have been a part of the process,’ she said.

‘This is very disappointing that this occurred today, we have done an enourmous amount of work to prepare for this, we obviously have contingency plans for all events within our prisons.’

Up to two fires are burning inside of the building and 100 inmates are yet to surrender.

Two loud bangs were heard from inside the prison around 6pm but it is unknown what was the cause, The Australian have reported.

Other reports say riot police are used tear gas inside the prison and a group of about 15 criminals forced their way into the control room in the late afternoon, according to The Age.  

Emergency services remain at the location including fire fighters and Victoria Police special operations armed with shields and helmets.

Footage by helicopters above the Metropolitan Remand Centre at Ravenhill in Melbourne’s west, shows people covering their faces, bashing doors and carrying large sticks and bats. Black smoke was also seen in the sky above the centre.

Port Phillip Prison, a mere four kilometres away, was also put into lock down following a fire at their facility, but it has since been contained.

Going in: Heavily-armed police have stormed a maximum security prison after 300 criminals began rioting over a smoking ban

Fight back: Officers wearing vests, helmets and carrying shotguns charged the prison in an effort to retake control

Cheering and shouting was reportedly heard from inside the prison walls at 9.15pm

Emergency services remain at the location including fire fighters and Victoria Police special operations armed with shields

Smoke can be seen rising from inside the prison's perimeters and up to 100 prisoners are yet to surrender

Notorious Australian bikie, former enforcer Toby Mitchell, is being held in isolation inside the facility

Notorious Australian bikie, former enforcer Toby Mitchell, is being held in isolation inside the facility

Notorious Australian bikie, former enforcer Toby Mitchell, is being held in isolation inside the facility. Mitchell, an infamous member of the Bandidos gang, has survived two shootings – one in which he was shot five times in the back.

‘Police are currently responding to a disturbance at a correctional facility on Middle Road Ravenhall just before 12.30pm,’ a Victoria Police statement read.

‘We will thoroughly review how this came about, how we responded to it and what we might need to do in the future,’

Police workers from the Critical Incident Response Team are seen outside Ravenhall Prison

Pushing back: Riot police at the Ravenhall Prison in Melbourne

Dangerous situation: Critical Incident Response team members patrol outside the centre

Dark: Smoke billows from the Ravenhall prison into the sky

‘Staff have been evacuated as a precaution. The inmates remain contained within the grounds and a number of police units are currently on scene including the Air wing.’ 

Prisoners are also reportedly lighting fires and destroying other property. 

The centre has beds to house 723 people. 

Corrections Victoria released a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying prisoners breached the ‘secure inner perimeter’ at the centre.

Ready to go: An officer with a shotgun stands outside the prison before riot police stormed the centre

Heavily armed: Officers gather outside the remand centre as prisoners riot inside

Load up: Riot police prepare to enter the prison 

Load up: Riot police prepare to enter the prison 

Riot breaks out at Ravenhall prison over smoking ban

‘All staff have been accounted for and there are no reports of staff injuries at this stage,’ the statement read.

‘Police have secured the perimeter. There is no threat to public safety.’

It is believed the riot has been caused by a Victorian government plan to ban smoking in prisons, which is set to start on Wednesday. 

‘The smoking ban will occur tomorrow,’ the Corrections Commissioner said.

However, according to reports, the canteen at Ravenhill stopped selling tobacco on June 15.

Heavy duty: A police armoured-vehicle arrives at the prison

High alert: Hundreds of officers and guards are at the scene of the Ravenhill facility in Melbourne's west

The remand centre is located in Ravenhall, west of Melbourne's CBD

Footage captured by Channel Seven shows people covering their faces, bashing doors and carrying large sticks and bats

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32 thoughts on “Bikie war at Melbourne prison as 300 armed inmates tear down fences separating rival gangs during riot over a smoking ban”

  1. First a big CHEER’S and thankyou to the proffessional conduct and brave actions of all the involved Officers of Victoria Police and Correction Victoria’s Tactical Response Groups , Dog squads and Special Operations Group, Police Air wing and all the Fireys and Ambos and emergency services on standby in a well executed mission, whereby that have helped protect the State of Victoria and all the community at risk from these violent and dangerous prisoners and by their use of minimum force prevented a potentially dangerous mass breakout and swifty rounded up all these dangerous violent remandee inmates running amok and rioting , causing so much reckless criminal damage to these new State of Victoria prisons of Port Phillip Prison and the Metropolitan remand centre. Had any of these dangerous inmate broke through to the main gates and slipped back into the community, all hell would have broken loose, by these serious criminal offenders. Also on top of that, the cost of repairs to the reckless criminal damage to the jails is going to be staggering!…

    I myself have experienced first hand the fear of running for ones life from a angry mob of pissed off inmates, 25 years ago, when a maximum security prison goes on a surprise riot. Its a very scary traumatic situation. Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s the Prison Tactical Response Groups did not have the skilled and specially trained response force and equipment and weapons to subdue a large number of inmate rioters like this incident yesterday. We had no capsicum spray or tasers or good body amour to protect us from outraged prisoners during riots. All that could be done was run for the externally security gates, before a officer was hurt or taken in a hostage situation.

    These security Dangerous prison riots have happened before, as they did on three occasions that I can recall in a couple of years in H.M.Prison Pentridge B.Division and A.Division and H.Division in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990. There was also mini riots, roof top protest indents in B.Division before my time as a Prison Officer in H.Division in 1978 and B.Division and A.Division in the early 1980s, to numerous to mention!…
    I don’t know if the present Corrections Victoria Commissioner Jan Shuard was in the Victorian Prison Service in 1988, as she was originally a Prison Officer from Western Australia, but if she was, along with her other present prison managers or Governors, she and they would very well remember the frightening situation of chaos and major property damage caused to Pentridge Prison during the B.Division and also the Jika Jika fires. Which caused the self inflicted deaths of 5 dangerous inmates. And a massive expensive repair bill. While yesterdays riot was very frightening and would now be the one of the most expensive criminal damage bills to a modern prison to date. It should not be forgotten by Corrections Victoria that it was also a HELL of a time in the old Pentridge Prison Divisional complexes, from large scale outbreak riots to the more common cell fires, setting the toilets and prison cell mattresses on fire and throwing televisions of the tiers and flooding the cells and cell block divisional tiers. These dangerous prison incidents were in these years also very scary times, were Prison Officers had to be swiftly evacuated from the rioting dangerous prisoners. Any former serving Pentridge Prison Officers from these days in the 1980’s and 1990’s will remember these frightening dangerous riots, in which a number of Prison Officers were wounded and hurt in duty in these frightening prison riots. Their was even a horrific incident in which a good Prison Officer Les Attard was attacked given life threating multiple stab wounds, 1990. The fact that these riots today are just as well planned by todays violent notorious inmates, shows the modern correctional facilities are just as likely to have a riot, as the old Victorian jails did in the past. Prison life is always a unknown violent powder keg to keep the lid on the can of worms.

    And uprisings continue to happen to this day. It’s the nature of restricted prison or correctional environments. Blaming the banning of smoking, may have caused this riot, but the truth is dangerous inmates will riot, for any number of reasons. From lockdowns to restricted outside visits to prisoner, from complaints about their food, alleged prison brutality to any restriction or toughening of regimental prison rules and regulations enforced on them. It must be remembered, that these remand or sentenced prisons out of desperation will riot when it is least expected, because they are not very nice people, due to the nature of serious crimes they commit on the outside, that keep sending them back to jail in the first place.
    Prisoners that people keep saying on talk back radio, that they are only on remand and innocent until proven guilty by the courts, and are victims is rubbish. the reason they are in a maximum security prison on remand, is because, they are considered by a magistrate to be to dangerous to witnesses or the community if they are released on bail. These large number of rioting men prisoners yesterday are anything but innocent and victims of the prison system. There cunning manipulative and public enemy number one, or they would not be in jail on remand.

    On the outside when they were free, they were predators, committing the worst indictable offence crimes, from armed robbery to gross acts of assault and violence and standover men, gangsters or drug traffickers. There not behind bars for jay walking or shoplifting a bag of lollies from the supermarket. Stopping them from smoking in prison, does not make them victims. These dangerous anti social misfit remand prisoners have however created many long term victims to life long suffering, far worse than not being able to have a smoke behind bars or in the exercise yards.’ The on top of the cost to despatching out the emergency service, police and prison riots squads, is the high cost of restoring order back to the prison and the mop up cleaning up the reckless mess and damage and finally the expensive cost of prison repairs from the inmates destruction, to be paid for by the Government and taxpayers, via budget cuts to the general publics services like hospitals, by the money unnecessary negligent wasted returning the riot damaged prison back to its secure conditions…

    There was the time years ago when angry bad behaved Mark Chopper Read and his crazy violent mate Jimmy Loughnan escaped to the roof of A.Division, but more on that at another time. The worst riot in B.Division was in 1988, it caused a lot of damage inside and outside of the division. Prisoners totally destroyed the muster yard and its outer and some inner buildings. Then there was possibly the worse riot situation in modern Victorian Prison history when the High security segregation unit of the electronic zoo, the fish bowl, Jika Jika was barricaded and deliberately smashed up and set on fire, by a group of the most dangerous prison inmates ever in the Victorian Prisons. Without rambling on here are some quick references to these riots in Victoria’s Prisons of the past. The Government and Corrections Victoria have to treat these rioting inmates as terrorist, and keep all these troublemakers inmates in strict solitary confinement to isolated them from other would be rioting prisoners. Taking away there right to smoke in jail should now be the least of their worries for the years they face ahead for their future incarceration , because of the reckless criminal very expensive damage to Government property they have caused by their rioting!…
    :Images for Jika Jika prison fire.

    :Five die in Jika Jika Pentridge Prison fire of 1987… News.cm.au –

    :Coroners inquiry examined who was at fault in the 1987… Jika Jika fire. – Herald Sun.

    :[PDF] Have the lessons of Jika Jika Been Forgotten?
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  2. On the subject of Prison Riots, checkout this film on how dangerous and the damage caused by a full scale prison riot can be!
    It is my opinion that the reckless criminal damage or attempted damage cause by all these involved 50 or more rioting prisoners in yesterdays Melbourne Remand Centre and Port Phillip Prison Riots, should be treated as an act of Terrorism and attract a very long prison sentence on charges of Terrorism, not just a short prison sentence on criminal damage charges!…
    These remand prisoners need to be made an example off, for their terrorism behaviours!…

    :Strangeways Britain’s Toughest Prison Riot BBC Documentary 2015.

    :Attica – 40 Years Later – Correctional Peace Officers Foundation – The Attica Riot of 1971.

    :HC. Best Of The Big House . Attica.
    :HC. Best Of The Big House – Alcatraz.
    :HC. Best Of The Big House – San Quentin.
    :HC. Best Of The Big House – Folsum.
    :HC. Best Of The Big House – East Jersey.
    :HC. Best Of The Big House – McNeil Island.
    :HC. Best Of The Big House – Leavenworth.
    :HC. Best Of The Big House – Atlanta.

    :1980 New Mexico State Penitentiary prison riot – documentary.

    :America’s Hardest Prisons – Pelican Bay Prison Crime Documentary

    :The FBI Files : The Atlanta Prison Riot – 1987.

    :The Camp Hill Prison Riots of 1989.
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    1. To former H.M.P Pentridge officer. Our Victorian prisons are being run like holiday camps. Prisoners chose to work, have the ombudsman’s number on speed dial. If any prison officer challenges a prisoner, they will run and call the Ombudsman. If staff have to use less than lethal force, then the will be an investigation by the OCSR. Prison officers who are trying to protect themselves are OFTEN DISMISSED. The prisoner comes first and we are the human refuse at the bottom. It is not like Pentridge where prisoners had to work. Our prisons now are holiday camps. It is of no wonder that criminal recidivism is on the increase. ALL prisoners should be forced to work. At MRC prisoners are not even required to work as they are on remand and not convicted. The system is a joke and the threats of riots happen at least 3 to 4 times a year. They are not reported because they we contained by prison staff before the media become involved. The Victorian prison system is becoming extremely unsafe for prison staff. You don’t hear how we a shived and constantly under threat. But, the rights of the prisoners come first. If our system was tight, yesterday’s riot would not have occurred. Honestly, bring back rock crushing ala H Division. They should be learning a lesson, and just having their liberty taken away from them, amuses them. We are a joke!

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  3. Most of the prisoners housed at the Melbourne Remand Centre are Indigenous prisoners. The small amount of bikies are held in management units which are locked down with the exception of run-out times. Sexual predators are in protection units, and again do not have easy access out of the units. All inmates are on remand, therefore they have a maximum security rating. The riot could only have been committed by mainstream prisoners on remand as they are the only ones with yard times. High Profile bikies and sex offenders are not held at MRC , they are moved on to the states other two maximum security prisons. If any HP inmates are at MRC, it is due to accommodation issues at the two other prisons.

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  4. Fiona Patten should shut her filthy fat mouth nobody would take this silly bitch serious oh yeah the government will overturn it because she said so wtf. Shes a nobody and needs a bag on that ugly head shut the hell up Fiona do you really support the rights of a child sex offender, murderer of innocent victims? You stupid moron shut the fuck up nobody cares what you have to say you sexual deviate.

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  5. “HERALD SUN – YOUR SAY” – ‘READERS COMMENTS’ – JULY 2, 2015.
    ‘HOT TOPIC’ – Most readers at heraldsun.com.au believe a smoking ban in prisons was playing with fire!…
    “VIOLENCE, DAMAGE OVER CIGS BAN BURNS HOLE IN BUDGET”
    “PRISON SMOKES RIOT BILL $10 MILLION DOLLARS” – Herald Sun Thursday, July 2, 2015 by
    Anthony Dowsley and Michelle Ainsworth. – Anthony.dowsley@news.com.au

    I WORKED at Pentridge in the 70’s.
    Older folk may remember the B Division riots in 1979 and footage of prisoners on the roof , armed stakes ,being confronted by a lone Prison Officer armed only with a short rubber baton.
    I went back into the prison system in 2004 and noticed a huge difference in Prison Officers.
    They were drawn from people with a customer service background rather than disciplined military.
    Prisoners are aware staff will run rather than fight and consequently there is very little deterrent for riotous behaviour. – Wayne.
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    GLAD I left the field a few years ago.
    Being spat on, faeces thrown, urinated on , would be nothing compared with the storm that is coming when you have 700 prisoners all forced to quit smoking together. – Michael.
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    BAN smoking and while you are at it, ban television and other luxuries. – Craig.
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    We give Methadone to heroin addicts and middle-class nongs think it would be a great idea to give a jail full of nicotine addicts the cold turkey treatment.
    Can I suggest ,chaps, if you’re really interested in smoking harm minimisation and OH&S, you allow them to vape nicotine e-liquid instead of that 4000-odd chemical cocktail they’re perfectly legally entitled to inhale on the outside? – Rodger.
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    As a former Policeman, smoking was a good tool.
    Most prisoners will behave if they get their smokes.
    This decision is stupid.
    They need to listen to the Officers on the front line. – Barry.
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    A COMPLETELY over-the-top plan driven by OH&S professionals without an ounce of common sense.
    These people are on remand;
    They have not been convicted .
    Where else are people banned from smoking for 24 hours a day? – Pat.
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    ANYONE who has had to witness the negative personally change that happens when a person is voluntarily trying to give up this highly addictive drug can only shake their head when authorities try to force this PC bull on a bunch of inmates. – John.
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    ANY system that thinks offering Chupa Chups and bottles of water in place of a highly addictive habit is at the least childishly naive. – Allan.
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    There should be a designated smoking area for prisoners. – Chris.
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    A BIT hypocritical to have staff standing along the fence smoking while all this was going on.-Pamela.
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    BUREAUCRATS don’t think in real world terms.
    A drover’s dog could have predicted this. – Joe.
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    UNACCEPTABLE decision by thr Government. – Neville.
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    Play a couple of Kevin Rudd’s speeches over the loudspeakers— that will get them to go inside. – David.
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    “REVOLT WAS JUSTIFIED”
    AS far as I can see, the revolt by prisoners over the smoking ban (in Victorian jails) is justified.
    Smoking is a legal activity , whether it’s healthy or not.
    The prisoners here have no choice about giving up smoking.
    It’s an invasion of their “human rights”.
    For goodness sake , they could be doing a lot worse than smoking. – Helen Leach: City of Greater Bendigo Councillor …
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    AS an ex-prisoner in regular contact with inmates , I would like to comment on the Ravenhall riots.
    As recently as Tuesday , I was recieveing calls from inmates expressing their distress at the new rules against smoking.
    None of them are smokers ; they were distressed by the institutionalised favouritism and hypocrisy of the system.
    If you are an alcoholic you are deprived of alcohol immediately, and now if you are a smoker , you are deprived of tobacco immmediately.

    But if you are a heroin , cocaine , ice or other drug addict you can be put on to Methadone, a legally prescibed narcotic.
    While alcoholics and smokers are compelled to end their addictions “cold turkey” , there is no such compulsion on drug addicts, nor is there any requirement that they take active steps to reduce their dependance.
    This state of doublethink is an annoyance to other prisoners, who have to suffer a significant number of their fellow inmates spending their time in a drugged stupor .
    As as I am aware , no person has ben jailed for running a red light and killing others while in a nicotine frenzy, nor for robbing a convenience store or selling their bodies in the streets to satisfy a nicotine craving, nor for assaulting a paramedic or doctor because they’d just had a cigarette.
    Yet, if a prisoner is a smoker , he or she faces the additional punishment of being forced to give up their assiction. – Ex- Prisoner Nassan al Khalifti, Dandenong.
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    “RIGHTS UP IN SMOKE”
    IN a democratic country , the sentence for a crime is decided in open court.
    This may mean confinment for a set period .
    But banning prisoners 24/7 from smoking tobacco , which is legal in this country, is an extra loss of personal rights above and beyond what the court has imposed. – Phillip O’Carroll, Fitzroy North.
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    “INMATES NEED TO COPE”
    WHEN obsession takes hold, common sense goes out the door.
    Such is the case in relation to the smoking ban (outdoors) in our prisons.
    Smoking a cigarette is often the only way for a prisoner to cope with their high stress levels, and if they do so outdoors it is not doing any harm to anyone else.
    To deny them that small privilege is nothing short of cruel and totally unnecessary. – Robert Donker, Wantirna South.
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    WHO’S the bright spark who thought it was a good idea to ban smoking in prisons and, by default , by prisoners?
    A progressive and grossly overpaid bureaucrat, no doubt. – Gary.
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    SMOKING pacifies prisoners and the mentally ill alike.
    Don’t the officals know this? – A.Trezise, Greensborough.
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    DID anyone really believe the prison smoking ban would be adhered to without a whimper? – Peter Wynd, Barnawm.
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    “DELUSIONAL DECISION”
    ANYBODY who has been around the block a few times could have told our real- world Victorian Government that to try to stop up to 300 criminals (or alleged criminals) to stop smoking in any one remand /prison facility was the work of drongos.
    However, to try this madness on in every such state prison facility on the same date at the same time (and not staggered, as is the usual Andrews Government thinking) is beyond the comprehension of anybody with “real world” experience. – H.Hutchins, Chirnside Park.
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    I DON’T know why they banned smoking in prisons , prisoners get virtually everything else they want and forget about the crime they committed the second they walk through the door. – Chris, Thomastown.
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    I DON’T know why those prisoners are complaining about a smoking ban — from the pics I saw, they had heaps of smoke billowing into the sky. – M.Racine, Ringwood.
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    “FROM the way our rulers treat prisoners you can get a good look at how they’d treat the rest of us if they had their way”. – Herald Sun -James Campbell – State Politics Editor.- Full Story james.campbell@news.com.au
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    “SMOKING BAN NEEDS TO STAY” – Herald Sun – Editorial – anthony.dowlsey@news.com.au
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    “ABSOLUTELY WE WILL THROUGHLY REVIEW HOW THIS CAME ABOUT”
    -‘CORRECTIONS COMMISSIONER JAN SHUARD’ – PROMISES A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRISON SMOKING RIOT…………………………
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  6. : Victorian prison system ‘very ready’ for smoking ban, Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard says – ABC Online 2 days ago.

    ‘Who is the Department of Justice and Regulation- Corrections Victoria Commissioner’?…
    Corrections Victoria Commissioner Jan Shuard, has held senior roles in the Victorian Department of Justice since 2004. She has had a career on corrections since 1981 and trained as a Prison Officer in 1984, in Western Australia. She was to be promoted to the role of deputy corrections commissioner prior to December 2012. Then she was promoted to replace former Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner of Traffic- Bob Hastings who was promoted from Victoria Police to be the Corrections Victoria Commissioner of Victoria Prisons in July 2009. Bob Hastings was to resign from Corrections Victoria in November 2012, after a damning report on the handling of the Carl Williams murder at H.M.Barwon Prison.
    :Correction Victoria boss quits – ABC News – 05/11/2012.

    :Jan Shuard , Commissioner, Corrections Victoria – Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission. – Tuesday, 12 August 2014 – Profile.
    :Images for jan shuard. – Google.
    More on the Corrections Victoria Commissioner.
    ;Commissioner of Corrections Victoria Jan Shuard. – The CEO Magazine.
    :New Boss for Corrections Victoria. – The Australian News – December 21, 2012.
    :Ravenhall Newsletter Issue 3 – Correction, Prisons… March 2014.
    :Organisational Structure – Department of Justice and Regulation – State Government Victoria.
    :Wave of deaths in Victoria’s prisons – The Age – May 19, 2013.
    :Tributes for Correction Victoria staff – PS News online – The Victorian Public Service:19/07/2014.
    [PDF] Download this issue – The GEO Group Australia – December 2014. – Ravenhall Prison contract for $670 Million dollar new Ravenhall : Melbourne Remand Centre.

    These are the type of modern conditions that the rioting inmates have cause at least $10 Million dollars damage to.

    :Life Inside Barwon Prison – Todays alternative to Pentridge Prison H.Division High Security Unit.

    :Neil Mitchell tours Port Phillip Prison – 2014.

    :Take a tour of the Melbourne Remand Centre – Ravenhall : This is the prison that the riot took place in and so much criminal damage was caused by the 50 to 300 rioting remand prisoners.

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  7. “PORT PHILLIP PRISON ON THE VERGE OF RIOT, SAYS MASS KILLER JULIAN KNIGHT”

    HODDLE STREET MASS MURDERER JULIAN KNIGHT says Port Phillip Prison is on the verge of riot similar to this week’s rampage by inmates in the Melbourne Remand Centre.
    “I’m currently sitting in a 1200- bed prison which is in lockdown and on the verge of kicking off here as it did with the MRC,” he told Supreme Court Justice Rita Zammit today.

    KNIGHT argued the levy on cigarettes was designed to pay for nicotine patches to help prisoners quit smoking in the lead up to a statewide ban on smoking in prisons, which came into effect on Wednesday.
    He say’s the nicotine patches were never received.

    The application, made against Port Phillip Prison manager Ian Thomas, was the third by JULIAN KNIGHT to be dismissed by the Supreme Court in relation to the smoking ban.

    THIS WEEK’S RIOT AT THE MELBOURNE REMAND CENTRE CAUSED UP TO $10 MILLION IN DAMAGE.

    JULIAN KNIGHT first tried to have the smoking ban overturned, then sought permission for prisoners to use e – cigarettes instead.
    JULIAN KNIGHT, who was declared a vexatious litigant for 10 years in 2004, said he had long been telling the courts what would happen if the cigarette ban was introduced.

    “I think Ravenhall says it all,” he said in reference to Tuesday’s riots at the Melbourne Remand Centre where prisoners overran the facility for 15 hours, leaving a damage bill reportedly up to $10 million.
    When lawyers for Mr Thomas, the Port Phillip Prison manager, sought to have JULIAN KNIGHT pay costs for the application he told the court to add it to the “clean -up bill for the riot”.

    JULIAN KNIGHT,47, murdered seven people and injured 19 more in a shooting rampage in Hoddle Street Clifton Hill in 1987.
    He was set to be eligible for parole last year, but is now effectively serving a life sentence after the Victorian State Government introduced legislation to ensure he remains in jail until he dies.

    Acting Premier James Merlino says damages at the remand centre are still being tallied.
    “There has been solid progress with the repair and clean-up , the yard is clean,” Mr Merlino told reporters on Friday.
    “We don’t know the damage bill as yet. That will obviously be assessed over the coming days and weeks,”
    A report on the riots will be handed to the Minister of Corrections on November 13 2015.

    The independent review headed by former Deputy Victoria Police Commissioner Kieran Walshe will investigate whether authorities were prepared in the lead up to a state wide smoking ban in prison centre.
    Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and Prison Officers and staff will be interviewed.
    The investigation is ongoing.
    Premier Daniel Andrews said all prisoners involved will feel the full force of the law. – Herald Sun Friday, July 3, 2015 – Alex White.
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au
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    “HODDLE STREET KILLER JULIAN KNIGHT SAYS PORT PHILLIP PRISON IS ON THE VERGE OF A RIOT OVER SMOKING BAN”
    Hoddle Street killer Julian Knight says Port Phillip Prison is on the verge of a riot , three days into the new smokling ban.
    Knight went on a rant while appearing in the Supreme Court via video link on Friday.
    Knight who is serving 7 life sentences over the 1987 massarce, told the court the maximum security prison was on the edge over the new statewide ban of smoking in prisons.
    The court rejected Knight’s bid for a refund over nicotine patches he claims prisoners never recieved.
    He warned riots, similar to that at the Ravenhall Metropolitan Remand Centre on Tuesday, could take place over the new ban. – 3AW693 News Talk.
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    [PDF] Submission DR166 – Julian Knight – Access to Justice… 8 May 2014.

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    Who and what is the background of former top Victorian Police Officer: Kieran Walshe in charge of reviewing the MRC prison riot investigation?
    :Kieran walshe to quit police force – The Age – February 14, 2012.
    :Former top cop Kieran Walshe to join Victoria’s Adult Parole Board. – Herald Sun -February 6, 2013.
    :Video:Kieran Walshe’s fatal crash – Keith Moor intervews . news .com.au
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  8. “FEARED FOR OUR LIVES”
    “ANGRY GUARDS CLAIM JAIL BOSSES IGNORNED RIOT TIP-OFF”
    PRISON authorities were tipped off that a riot was being planned at Ravenhall MRC but tailed to act, sources say.
    The Herald Sun has been told an inmate wrote a letter that made it’s way to the Metropolitan Remand Centre’s “intelligence unit”, warning of serious trouble three weeks before the $10 million wreaking of the centre this weak.
    The prison sources say “Corrections Victoria bosses” put unwitting Prison Officers in danger by failing to tell them of a planned uprising over the July 1 ban on smoking.

    “We all thought we were dead,” the source said.
    “The fear was indescribable.
    And they (management) knew it was going to happen.
    “They’re not telling the truth … and they’re still putting our safety at risk.”

    Corrections Victoria Chief Commissioner Jan Shuard said the agency had “monitored the climate”
    of prisons as the cigarette ban grew closer and said Prison Officers were aware “there may be some resistance,”
    But she would not comment on the claim that inmates at Ravenhall MRC had been planning the riot — nor would she confirm the estimated damage bill.

    A Corrections Victoria spokesman said there had been “some peaceful protests” in the lead-up to the smoking ban but they had been “resolved quickly and without incident”.

    In Tuesday’s chaos, Prison Officers had to save colleagues trapped in the industrial section of the jail as rioters breached the area to get weapons.

    “Hells Angels biker gang members” allegedly led the riot.
    Yesterday , firefighters were called to the MRC Prison site for the third consecutive day to extinguish a cell blaze.
    Most areas of the remand centre prison were damaged in the riot that raged for nearly 15 hours from noon on Tuesday.
    Beds were removed from cells, windows, toilets and basins smashed and furniture broken as inmates rampaged.
    “There is a lot of damage,” admitted Ms Shuard.

    A Victoria Police taskforce will probe the riot, as will Corrections Victoria and an independent review chaired by former Deputy Victoria Police Commissioner Kieran Walshe.

    Most of the state’s 6000 prisoners put into lockdown this week as a consequence of the Ravenhall riot could apply to have their sentences slashed by “four days remission” for every day under the tougher regimen.
    But inmates proven to be involved in the riot would “not be eligible”.

    From Herald Sun: Friday ,July 3, 2014 – Anthony Dowsley and Michelle Ainsworth
    Anthony.dowsley@news.com.au
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  9. “YOUR SAY”
    “READERS COMMENTS 50/50” – Herald Sun – Friday, July 3, 2015.
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    “JUST A DELUSION”
    ONE would assume that Victoria would have anticipated and planned for the inevitable adverse reaction by inmates to the prison smoking ban.
    When I hear that the Government was “shocked” and “caught off-guard” by the riots, I have to shake my head in disbelief.
    Who is running this state? Do we have any “level-headed” people making decisions and planning contingencies or are we at the mercy of well-meaning (but delusional) bureaucrats? – Patrick O’Brien, Benalla.
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    “WHAT ARE THEY SMOKING?”
    AS a citizen of Victoria , I have to wonder at the value of our state MPs, from both sides of politics.
    We have a Government in power that is prepared to pay out hundreds of millions of our dollars and get nothing back for it.
    Now it’s preparing to tear up another contract for which we will have to spend further for no return.
    Our Premier sold us “shovel ready” projects and so far we seen no dirt turned over.
    The previous Govenment thought it a good idea to ban smoking in prisons and must have thought prisoners would all just get on board.

    Having worked in that prison for a few years, I can tell you a no-smoking policy was always going to be a big problem to enforce.
    Why prisoners cannot smoke outside in the yard is beyond me. It keeps them calm and does no harm to anyone else.
    All this will do is create another problem for prison staff, who will now have to add tobacco to the list of items they will be trying to stop from being smuggled inside.
    I find it amazing we pay a bunch of people who, instead of planning the roads ws need, and a rail line to the airport, like just about every other liveable city has, decide to pay money for nothing and worry themselves about prisoners smoking. – W.Murphy, Ringwood East.
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    TAXPAYERS to pay for prison revolt damages?
    No way. The prisoners should do the repairs. – Alan, Murray Downs.
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    CORRECTIONS Victoria says it’s in shock over the prison riots.
    If you suddenly walked into the gorilla compound at the zoo and confiscated their bananas,
    what do you think would happen? – G.Aarons, Launching Place.
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  10. “While Corrections Victoria and The Victorian State Government are facing a massive estimated $10 dollar damage bill to one of their most expensive $670 million dollar prisons recently ever built and now damaged in a prisoner riot, the Police Minister Wade Noonan is approving a Department of Justice , Corrections Victoria – Social Worker, do-gooder, crim lover to embark on a seven week overseas junket to study and research rehabilitative roles of ex-prisoners from a grant of a $25,000 by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.

    A Country Victoria Social Worker, Ms Claire Seppings, is about to embark on a life- changing journey after being awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship.

    The fellowship, valued at an average of $25,000 each, will see Ms Seppings travel across the globe to study the rehabilitative role of ex-prisoners / offenders as peer mentors in integration models in the UK, Ireland, Sweden and the USA.

    With Victoria’s Prison population exploding and the rising number of prisoners re-offending, this is an important and timely study.

    Police Minister, Wade Noonan, is keen to find a solution which is what makes the social worker Ms Seppings’ study so important.
    “This whole project that I am about to undertake is a build-up of years of professional and lived experience with the criminal justice system,” Ms Seppings said.
    “Through all aspects of my experience I have come to realise that what we are doing now is not working because the re-offending and imprisonment rates continue to rise.
    “I’ve seen people I know end up in the revolving prison cycle and one of them actually said to me ‘
    “I don’t know how to be straight.”
    Ms Seppings said there was still a need for people to go to prison but “it’s what we do with them when they are there that counts”.
    “They are doing a lot of progressive work with peer mentors in prisons overseas and what I want to do is gather as much evidence as I can so that Correctional Authorities in Australia can mobile these kind of programs.”
    Ms Seppings said that in the UK, former prisoners, who had walked in the same shoes and got through the other side , were the mentors.
    “They are leading by example and they have the credentials with the offenders because they’re familiar with the pitfalls.
    “The mentors can introduce the prisoners to a non-criminal community when the get out so that they can reconnect properly and that can lead to more opportunities with employment, social groups and so on”.
    Ms Seppings will head overseas in October and the research will take about seven weeks.
    “I am absolutely honoured to be awarded the Churchill fellowship – it is life changing and for me ; it is the career path that I want to continue on.”
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    My response to this “WTF”!…
    Wouldn’t it be good if the Victorian Department of Justice , The State Government and or Corrections Victoria, could fund and award a Churchill fellowship to people to study and research overseas, how better help to take care of the welfare and rehabilitation of Victims of Crime, that these revolving door criminal prison inmates made victims of in the first place by what they have committed on all the victims of crime!… These expert do- gooders, or bleeding hearts professional social workers, call them what you will, crim lovers, are all for the feel sorry and pity of helping the criminals. –
    Well I said what I think about this before ! – having been a victim of crime myself, and that is Stuff the criminals, they tried and failed over and over to rehabilitate, reintegrate, Adrian Bayley and Peter Dupas and Sean Price, that really worked out well didn’t it – NOT!…, I rest my case!… I would choose suffocate – Hung by the neck until dead!…
    Innocent Jill Meagher, Sarah Cafferkey, Masa Vukotic, Mersina Halvagis, Sharon Siermans, Baby Zayden, Daniel Morcombe, Daniel Valerio, Nicole Patterson, and the list just goes on and on, of the low life criminals that social workers have had belief in trying to rehabilitate, instead of throwing away the key on them in the first place! … Keep the bleeding hearts to hell away from the Department of Justice, Parole Boards and the prison system. Some inmates, maybe not all of them, but most of them, will never change their violent of deviate ways, no matter how much the do-gooders try to think they can help change their ways!…
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  11. “SMOKING is banned in Government buildings, so why are people up in arms? Give the inmates a pick and shovel , that will give them something to do with their hands.
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    “YOU can take away my freedom .
    You can take away smoking in prison.
    But no government will ever take away my ladder”!
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  12. “RIOT AND YOU WIN”
    ‘PRISONERS REWARDED AFTER LOCKDOWN’
    HUNDREDS of the state’s worst criminals could already be in line for two-month prison sentence cuts because of a wild jail riots, at H.M.Ravenhall Metropolitan Remand Centre and H.M.Port Phillip Prison.
    And there is the prospect of more “riot rewards” to come as lockdowns drag on at Victoria’s two biggest prisons, amid security fears in the rampage’s aftermath.

    The legal team for JASON BRIAN PAISLEY — who once shocked the community by throwing a bag of excrement at jurors — yesterday flagged their intent to use the riot lockdown to get PAISLEY a cut on a looming sentence for ramming police.

    JASON PAISLEY’S barrister , George Traczyk, told County Court Judge Sue Pullen that PAISLEY had spent the first two weeks since the riot in total confinement , was given no change of clothes and had all personal possessions taken.
    He said he was aware of other inmates using the lockdown to reduce their time behind bars.
    “This sort of point is being raised in respect to other pleas,” he said.

    H.M. Port Phillip Prison , which has a capacity of about 800 inmates, including Russell Street bomber STANLEY BRIAN TAYLOR, is also still locked down because of the riot.

    H.M. Barwon Prison, where CARL WILLIAMS’s killer, MATTHEW JOHNSON , and drug boss TONY MOKBEL are kept, was also subject to limited lockdown.

    JASON PAISLEY,35, hurled a bag of human excrement at the jury box during the infamous 2002
    “Trial From Hell”, in which PAISLEY was being tried with four other prisoners over the HM Barwon Prison bashing of notorious multiple murderer GREGORY BRAZEL.

    The violent career criminal is now awaiting a custodial sentence after pleading guilty to stealing two vehicles, ramming a police vehicle and forcing another Police Officer to jump out of the way as he sped towards him in Brunswick in 2013.
    Last year JASON PAISLEY was just ‘fined’ in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for “assaulting another inmate in prison”.

    It is 14 days since prisoners rioted at H.M.Melbourne Remand Centre , inflicting $10 million dollars damage as they smashed and burnt everything they could, in what began as a protest against smoking bans.
    Up to 300 inmates were involved in the crime spree at H.M.Ravenhall MRC Prison in Melbourne’s west.
    Sourced from Angus Thompson, Mark Buttler and Alex White. – Herald Sun Tuesday, July 14, 2015. – angus.thompson@news.com.au
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  13. “DISCIPLINE NOT DISCOUNT” – Herald Sun – Editorial – Tuesday,July 14, 2015.
    GIVING some of Victoria’s worst criminals a discount on their jail sentences because of a riot started by prisoners themselves is unacceptable!…

    The discounts, where prisoners are given days for the time they spend in lockdown, are to cover circumstances such as management disputes or Prison Officer strike action, as has been awarded to locked down prisoners in past decades.
    These discount remissions should not be given in response to emergencies created by the prisoners bad behaviour.
    One of the state’s worst offenders applied for a discount through his lawyer in court yesterday.
    The ramifications of granting discounts following reckless, criminal damage riots at H.M.Metropolitan Remand Centre and a deliberate fire at H.M.Port Phillip Prison are far reaching.

    The lockdown was statewide and discounts could apply to thousands of prisoners in other jails, who had nothing to do with the riot at the MRC where prisoners planned a riot and intentionally went on a rampage against a smoking ban.

    The Andrews Labour Government needs to take a strong stance on the issue of “DISCOUNTS”,
    when the prisoners’ actions supposedly ‘entitle’ them to ‘four days’ off their sentences for everyday they have been inconvenienced by their time spent on lockdown.
    Prison Officers and prison staff at H.M.Ravenhall Metropolitan Remand Centre had to call in Victoria Police emergency response Officers when angry violent prisoners on the verge of terrorism attacks took over the prisons security control room.
    Victoria Police had to use tear gas and the Dog Squad to subdue the terrorising inmates.
    And only professional prompt action by the bravery of the specialist Police and Prison Officers averted serious injuries and potential mass breakouts or escapes from the wrecked compromised security of the prison and run amok into the innocent and vulnerable community!……………………
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  14. $10 million dollars estimated damage caused to two of Victoria’s Maximum Security Prisons, and all by desperate inmates who are deemed by a Magistrates Court to have been refused bail and held in supposed safe custody, before their trials at court, because they are a danger to the community for the crimes, some very violent that they have committed on vulnerable innocent victims, and on top of this many of these remandee inmates with very long previous offending criminal backgrounds.
    300 of these hooligan prisoners intentionally planned and spontaneously took seize of the prison and in a deliberate act of terrorism on Her Majesties- tax payer funded prisons are now holding the government to ransom, for the inmates that never took place in the riot, to be rewarded with a jail sentence discount for the hardship of being held in lockdown for a uncertain amount of time.

    TO BAD- SO SAD!……STUFF THE CRIMS – THEY SHOULD BE ALWAYS ON LOCKDOWN.
    Mean while fundraising was needed to provide a “Statue of Honour” for all soldiers the brave Killed in Action Diggers fighting for Australia in the battle at Afghanistan and also for those soldiers returning home from war and suffering Post – Traumatic Stress Disorder, or battle stress though no fault of their own!
    Our Government don’t mind splashing around $100 millions of dollars into building modern condition Prisons for the humane containment and welfare of all prisoners that have intentionally committed the worst types of crimes on the community to warrant being locked up in the first place.

    And on top of that these same Cretan inmates, think they deserve rights in jail and show disrespect to the law and the government as usual by recklessly terrorising and destroying these new built multi million dollar state of the art built prisons. This must be what the politicians call the age of entitlement. While good people in the real world struggle to get by, the government want to kick pensioners and low income battlers in the guts and squeeze every penny from their entitlements. But its, mighty fine to the government purse budget coffers to Rewarding prisoners, because of other terrorist prisoners bad behaviour.
    Why not show some mercy to the forgotten poorly government compensated and life time mentally post damaged defence force and Police and Prison Enforcement veterans. Who battle at the coal face with enemy soldiers or face dangerous violent prisoner in a war or prison riot situation. All these brave personal just serving their country, and facing horrible dangerous situations and incidents. While the hierarchy in ivory towers are sorry for the inconvenience of scumbag criminals suffering the hardships of solitary confinement in the motel designed prison, that the inmate still wreak because they don’t get what they want from the screws!…
    Bang the scumbags up in unheated shipping containers in the dessert, then they might have a justified reason to riot. Homeless people living under a bridge are worse off than any of these rioting scum bag prisoner. That’s why their in Maximum Security Prison because they don’t respect the communities or victims rights!…
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  15. “KNIGHT IN JAIL STRIFE FOR PORN”
    MASS murderer JULIAN KNIGHT has been accused of accessing pornography on a prison computer system.
    The killer of seven people in 1997’s Hoddle Street massacre has gone to the Supreme Court because he has now been barred from accessing ‘computers’ at H.M.Port Phillip Prison.

    The vexatious litigant , 47, who has been charged with breaching prison rules, has applied for an interim injunction to gain access to electronic materials relevant to legal actions he is seeking to bring.
    Appearing from prison by video link , JULIAN KNIGHT claimed he had been blocked from using his own computer and the jail library and education centre.

    Liam Brown , acting for Commissioner for Corrections Victoria Jan Shuard, said prison authorities anticipated a resolution.
    He said jail authorities “have no intention of denying Mr KNIGHT access to materials he needs”.
    He said certain documents could be printed for KNIGHT, or he could arrange to access material under supervision.
    KNIGHT also claimed the fact Port Phillip Prison was still in lockdown as a result of recent riots over a statewide prison smoking ban represented a further barrier.
    “I’m under as many restrictions as you can possibly have. your Honour,” he said.

    Justice Cameron Macaulay directed Mr Brown for Corrections Victoria, prepare an affidavit and asked that KNIGHT prepare a list of cases for which he needed documents.
    The case was adjourned to Friday,
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  16. “PRISONS UNDER PRESSURE”
    AS was reported earlier this year, more than 40 per cent of prisoners who are released from Victorian jails are re-offending within two years and ending up back behind bars.
    The statistic will almost certainly get higher in coming years, placing even more pressure on the corrections system in Victoria.

    Throw in more criminals on parole , more criminals on community-based orders and the abolition of suspended sentences and it makes you wonder where it all will end.
    Police and Corrections Victoria Minister, Wade Noonan, said there had been an unprecedented growth in the prison population over the past few years.
    “It’s is probably likely to go higher and that means we have got more prisoners going into the system and more prisoners coming out of the system that are reoffending within a period of two years”.
    Mr Noonan says it’s a system under increasing pressure and it’s one that he is determined to run as efficiently as possible.
    He also want to ensure it is run safely for prisoners and staff and that programs are in place to rehabilitate offenders.

    This public announcement was said by the Labour Party Police and Correction Victoria Minister, just prior to the events of the large scale riots and fires at H.M.Ravenhall Metropolitan Remand Centre and H.M.Port Phillip Prison causing an estimated $10 million dollars of criminal damage by 300 inmates.
    Rehabilitation , reintegration, prisoner programs and a $25,000 Churchill fellowship to fund a Federal Government Social Worker to go overseas and study the rehabilitative role of ex-prisoners as peer mentors, to find a solution to the exploding and rising number of prisoners in Victoria re-offending.
    ……………………………
    Meanwhile horrible heinous violent and property theft and armed robbery crimes in the community continues on a growing occurrence each and every day.
    The do-gooders Government need to forget about the prisoner programs, prisoner welfare rights and attempts at rehabilitation on them, and instead boost the security of the maximum security prisons and restrict the prisoner movements in them and throw away the key on the worst of them and use the prisons for their proper purpose. The loss of liberty and if you commit the crime, then the inmates do their time, in full lockdown, if the need arises. May then crims won’t be in so keen to commit crimes that will see them locked away in solitary confinement for many years.
    And if the inmates don’t like having to be locked down and have no rights or privileges in prison, then they should have thought about their predicament of hard time jail, before the murdered, bashed, raped or robbed their victims, or pedalled the drugs!…

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  17. “MURDER COMPO DEAL STRUCK”
    SLAIN Gangland figure CARL WILLIAMS’s only daughter , Dhakota, will receive a secret- “six-figure” – payout from the Victorian State Government over his jailhouse death.
    The State Government however , will not pay any money to her mother, Roberta Williams, or grandfather, George Williams. who withdrew their crimes compensation claims.

    The payout was struck yesterday afternoon after a two-year battle by the Williams’s to get compensation for the mental harm CARL WILLIAMS’s death in custody caused them.

    The maximum payout Dhakota Williams ,14,was able to claim was $371,000.
    It is believed she will get less than half that amount, which will be put in trust until she turns 18 years old.

    CARL WILLIAMS was killed on April 19,2010 by MATTHEW JOHNSON, saying he acted alone, at Maximum Security H.M.Barwon Prison , in the special high security separation Acasia Unit’ where he was sharing part of the unit with two other chosen prisoners he thought were his buddies, TOMMY IVANOVIC and his soon to be killer MATTHEW CHARLES JOHNSON.
    Whereby he was suspected by several Gangland associates outside of jail and in Barwon Prison to be later found out to be on protection by Barwon prisoners as a police informer for the crown, in upcoming Gangland and Police corruption investigations. A phone conversation inside Barwon Prison Acasia Unit prisoners telephone by Mafia Kingpin buddy ROCCO ARICO and CHARLIE IVANOVIC, was made just after CARL WILLIAMS was suspiciously bashed to death with a exercise bike part by MATTHEW JOHNSON, who still claims he was acting alone???.
    This is alleged to have happened because, CARL WILLIAMS was secretly co-operating with Purana Task Force Police over the homicide contract murders of Terrance and Christine Hodson, which implicated career criminal Rodney”The Duke” Collins as the underworld hitman who was allegedly hired by sacked Victoria Police Drug Squad Detective Sargeant Paul Dale on CARL WILLIAMS recommendation, because Terry Hodson was going to inform on corrupt Victoria Police and other unknown Gangland criminals associates of Drug trafficker The Premier CARL WILLIAMS. The conspiracy to murder and murder case against Paul Dale and RODNEY COLLINS collapsed after CARL WILLIAMS believed arranged jailhouse murder, to keep him from talking about matters over the Hodson’s murders. Paul Dale continues to deny any involvement with the CARL WILLIAMS and the Hodson’s murders. And no other criminals are talking?…

    Yesterday Roberta Williams was unaware compensation had been clinched.
    State Government Attorney- General Martin Pakula released a statement about the settlement, which came weeks after it passed a law prohibiting Roberta Williams and George Williams from full compensation.
    “The Victorian Government has reached a settlement in the matter of the William Family versus The State of Victoria,” it said..
    “The State has agreed to settle the proceedings brought by Dhakota Williams.
    “The terms of this settlement are confidential and are subject to formal approval by the Supreme Court “. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    “WE’RE BAFFLED TOO”
    ROBERTA WILLIAMS is still standing following the latest firebomb attack just meters from her home.
    The former wife of Gangland Drug Dealer Boss CARL WILLIAMS, has said she had no clue about who was behind several arson attempts near her Essendon house — one of them just yesterday —– and a shooting and firebombing in the street of former Drug Dealer patriarch GEORGE WILLIAMS.
    “Whatever occurred in the vicinity of the house was not some kind of retaliation to do with the Williams Family “, ROBERTA WILLIAMS said of the latest incident.
    “We are as confused about this as anyone”.
    Several Molotov cocktails in beer stubby bottles were hurled at a house near hers on Albion Street early yesterday, scorching the porch and façade and scaring two women and a child living there.

    Meanwhile, police have closed in on culprits who blasted a policeman in the head only minutes after last week’s attempted targeting of GEORGE WILLIAMS, house in Broadmeadows.
    Police have found a “unique” antique -style gun they now link to the attempted murder of the First Constable from Flemington Police Station.
    They also released surveillance CCTV footage capturing two men fleeing the burning wreak of the 4WD used in the shooting , which was dumped in a Coburg North carpark.
    “The seriousness of this offence …(it) doesn’t become much graver than trying to murder a policeman,” said Detective Supt Peter De Santo.
    “It shows that they’re possibly desperate , they have no regard for community safety let alone the people charged with that responsibility. The Victoria Police Force won’t rest until we resolve this issue”.

    It is understood the gunman who earlier fired on GEORGE WILLIAMS’s Broadmeadows house early Tuesday last week was primed to target his former daughter -in-law ROBERTA WILLIAMS home in Essendon when police disrupted the plan — potentially saving lives.
    Police caught up with the culprits outside a school in nearby Robinson Street.
    There’ First Constable Ben Ashmole,31, was shot. He is still recovering at home.

    Police yesterday released a photo of the distinctive gun, found near the torched Ford Escape SUV- 4WD. “It is a unique firearm, we believe its linked to the shooting and we believe that somebody will recognise it”, Detective Supt De Santo said.

    Newly released CCTV has shown the SUV entering Hossack Avenue near the carpark and two men wearing dark clothing and believed to be aged in their late 20s or early 30s fleeing the scene.
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    ‘Timeline of shootings and bombings offences’.
    1. July 7, 2015 – 3.30am:
    Shots fired at GEORGE WILLIAMS’s house in Katandra Cres, Broadmeadows, off Pascoe Vale Road.
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    2. July 7, 2015 – 3.40am:
    Police intercept Ford Escape 4WD in Robinson Street, Moonee Ponds, off Buckley Street.
    Occupants fire shotgun into open police car window, injuring one Constable.
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    3. July 7, 2015 – 4.40am:
    Burnt-out Ford Escape SUV – 4WD found in Hossack Street, Coburg North in a carpark off Gaffney Street.
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    4. July 13, 2015 – 3am:
    A number of small explosive devices “Molotov cocktails” in empty “Corona’ Mexican beer stubby bottles were thrown at a house in Albion Street Essendon, near Primrose Street.

    CRIME STOPPERS VICTORIA : Phone : 1800 333 000.
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  18. “INMATES ‘STEAL FILES”
    ‘PRISONERS GET ACCESS TO SENSITIVE PRIVATE DATA’
    CORRECTIONS VICTORIA is investigating after private files of prisoners became available to a jail’s inmates in an alarming computer security breach.
    The breach has raised concerns that the information — including some prisoners’ bank details and names and addresses of family contacts — could be used to stand over or threaten inmates and their families.
    The details were contained in a back-up folder on the desktop of a communal computers at Beechworth Correctional Centre’s library , which are available for prisoners’ use.

    A prisoner raised the alarm last month when approached by another inmate with private information about him that was said to be in the folder.
    Hume prisons regional manager Terry Jose shut down the library, and an independent IT company was hired to investigate.

    After the Herald Sun contacted the Department of Justice about the breach, the prisoner who raised the alarm was put in solitary confinement, and has since been moved to another Victorian prison.
    The prisoners wife has told the Herald Sun she is concerned for his welfare and fears the prison is trying to cover up the breach.
    She said their were growing concerns the placing if the folder on the desktop was “no accident” but rather the brainchild of “Prison Officers” colluding with “high- profile prisoners” for “profit and to gain influence”.
    “There’s a lot of “private information” on there and all of that information was available to any prisoners who chose to go to the prison library and look at it,” she said.
    “How could this happen in a prison environment like this?
    If put in the wrong hands, that information could be used in the most terrifying ways.”

    Corrections Victoria played down the breach. It would not answer Herald Sun questions about how many inmates were believed to have gained access to the folder, how long it had been accessible, and what was being done to ensure safety.
    Lucy Huppatz, on behalf of the Corrections Victoria Department of Justice, provided a two-line statement : “Upon receiving notification of the complaint , prison management shut down the computer system.
    An independent IT auditor was engaged to investigate the computer system and found no evidence that a privacy breach had occurred.”

    But prison sources have told the Herald Sun the investigation was continuing.
    The prison library has been re-opened , but computer access remains limited, the said.
    Sourced from Herald Sun – Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
    Rebekah.cavanagh@news.com.au

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  19. “JAIL KILL LAWSUIT ON HOLD”
    LAWSUITS against the State of Victoria over Gangland figure CARL WILLIAMS’s jailhouse murder are on hold.
    Lawyers for CARL WILLIAMS’s father , George Williams, and ex- wife Roberta Williams appeared at the Supreme Court yesterday where their claims were adjourned.

    It follows last week’s striking of a confidential deal in which the state will pay a six -figure settlement to CARL WILLIAMS daughter , Dhakota Williams, 14.
    If the Supreme Court approves the settlement next week, the actions by George and Roberta Williams will be struck out.

    The maximum sum Dhakota Williams could claim is $371,000.
    It is believed she will get less than half that, which will be put in trust until she turns 18.

    CARL WILLIAMS was bashed to death by a trusted fellow inmate MATTHEW CHARLES JOHNSON, the leader of the POV – Prisoners of War – Prison Gang inside the Acacia Supermax High Security Unit of H.M.Barwon Maximum Security Prison in 2010. He was sharing his high security unit day room with two other prisoners , that CARL WILLIAMS himself approved to be with in Acacia Unit, those being MATTHEW JOHNSON and TOMMY IVANOVIC.
    CARL WILLIAMS had been co-operating with Victoria Police over the murders of Terence and Christine Hodson.
    The Williams family said his death deprived them of financial benefits expected from his co-operation, including school fees for his daughter Dhakota Williams.
    Sourced from Herald Sun – Tuesday, July 21, 2015. – Shannon Deery.
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  20. “PRISONERS OF WAR HATE INFORMERS AND POLICE”
    ‘JAIL GANG LINK TO ATTACKS’
    JAIL GANG – PRISONERS OF WAR and its leader MATTHEW JOHNSON, have been linked to attacks on George Williams and Roberta Williams and the shooting of a Police Officer.

    RODNEY PHILLIPS, 24, of Oak Park, and SAM LISZCZAK, 22, of Morwell have been charged with firebombing houses and shooting at George Williams’ house before the attempted murder of a Police Officer tailing them.

    Roberta Williams and her family had been the victims of a hate campaign in the weeks leading up to the incident.
    Both PHILLIPS and LISZCZAK are linked to MATTHEW JOHNSON — who killed CARL WILLIAMS — and the other man in the room with them, TOMMY IVANOVIC.

    Graphic images or CARL WILLIAMS ‘ bloodied body in the aftermath of MATTHEW JOHNSON’s attack on him at Barwon Prison in 2010 were posted on Facebook and threatening messages were aimed at Roberta Williams.
    The images were part of the police investigation as to what may have led to the attacks in Broadmeadows and Essendon.

    The Facebook pages of both accused men link them to the prison gang, “PRISONERS AKOF WAR” – ‘POV’ – who have a hatred of police and informers.
    PHILLIPS and LISZCZAC appeared consecutively at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.

    Defence lawyer Melinda Walker said SAM LISZCZAK suffered broken ribs and a dog bite to his shoulder during his arrest and required urgent medical attention.

    Prosecutor Gemma Walton told the court police needed to examine 80 points of CCTV footage, comb through 1500 intercepted telephone calls and take statements from at least 50 Police Officers involved in the investigation.
    The men were charged after raids on properties in Morwell, Oak Park and Pascoe Vale.

    The arrests came two weeks after a Police Officer was shot in the early hours of July 7 by a man who fired a shotgun at Police Officers in a marked Victoria Police car.
    The 31-year-old Victoria Police Officer suffered a wound to the head when he tried to intercept a 4WD, which was later found torched in Coburg North.

    The Policeman were following a Ford Escape seen during an arson attack and a drive-by shooting aimed at George Williams’ house in Broadmeadows, and another earlier attack in Roberta Williams street in Essendon.
    The occupants are alleged to have shot at police in Robinson Street, Moonee Ponds after doing a U-turn and firing a shotgun at the Police car.
    The men have been charged with attempted murder, using a firearm to prevent arrest, being a prohibited person possessing a firearm, arson, reckless conduct endangering life and theft of a motor vehicle.

    Neither RODNEY PHILLIPS or SAM LISZCZAK applied for bail and both were remanded to reappear for committal mention on November 4, 2015.
    Police are investigating whether there are links to a terror campaign against the family of slain Gangster CARL WILLIAMS during the same period.

    One theory is the gunmen had been en route to the Essendon home of CARL WILLIAMS former wife, Roberta Williams, when intercepted by police.
    Her home had been the suspected target of a Molotov cocktail attack days earlier.
    A home nearby was firebombed again last week in what may have been an onslaught directed at the Williams family.
    Sourced from Herald Sun – Wednesday, July 22, 2015. – Anthony Dowsley, Mark Buttler and Wes Hosking. – Anthony.dowsley@news.com.au – heraldsun.com.au
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  21. :Pair linked to Carl Williams’ killer charged over police shooting – 9news.com.au – Video & Photo’s of alleged attempted murderers of Victoria Police. – 9msn.com.au

    :Vic shooters linked to Williams attack – video – skynews.com.au – Two men have been charged in relation to the shooting of a Police Officer in Melbourne earlier this month. Two men to face Melbourne court over the attempted murder on Victoria Police and 14 other charges. Both men have been remanded into custody after not applying for bail.

    :Two men charged over shooting of police officer in Moonee Ponds; anti- gang squad raids properties. – News ABC.- ABC Online.

    :Moonee Ponds police shooting : Two men arrested – The Age – 20 July 2015.

    More video’s on the Williams Clan………………………………………………………………………………………

    :Melbourne police investigate possible gangland links after officer shot in the head – 9news.com.au

    :Melbourne police track down weapon involved in attempted murder of officer – 9news.com.au

    :Carl Williams ‘ step daughter charged with attempted murder. – 9news.com.au

    :Victorian government defends Carl Williams compensation payout – 9news.com.au – Payout Backlash.- Less than $200,000, but could have been hundreds of thousands or million’s of dollars if Victorian Government went to court fought the lawsuit and lost. – While the anger of all the real genuine traumatised Victims of CrIme from crimes committed on them by criminals are simply staggered and insulted at the legal ‘entitlement’ of a very large massive amount of anywhere from $200,000 to $385,000 settlement compensation payout to the Prison killed Gangland Drug king Pin and Contract Murderer Carl Williams family. Victims of Crime only receive a mere small pittance in comparison to the approved settlement Williams daughter payout to a former major crime and drug trafficking and long standing criminal and imprisonment record family during the notorious Melbourne Gangland Wars, of which Carl “The Premier – Fatboy” Williams played a major role in the killings in the 1990;s and early 2000’s.
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  22. “$20 MILLION JAIL DAMAGE, PRISONERS RIOT MAKES A DENT IN THE PUBLIC PURSE”

    RAMPAGING PRISONERS will leave taxpayers with a damage bill of more than $20 million dollars as authorities continue to deal with the destruction caused by this month’s riot.

    The estimated cost of the vandalism eclipses the previous amounts reported and according to some sources could reach $30 million dollars.
    It is understood private contractors began meeting with Corrections Victoria on Monday and some repairs to the Melbourne Remand Centre could take up to 12 months to complete.

    Corrections Minister Wade Noonan declined to comment on the exact cost of the prisoners riot, but said prisoners had “caused millions of dollars of criminal damage”.
    Corrections Victoria said an enormous amount of work had already been undertaken.
    “There was significant damage across the prison, including to some accommodation units, other buildings , including the prisoners canteen and prisoners contact visits area, the prisons emergency fire alarm control panels, security fences and fixtures and fittings,” a spokesman said and also anonymous Prison Officers have said.
    “Infrastructure works will continue to be a priority until the prison site is safe and secure”.

    Originally it was believed taxpayer would pay $10 million dollars, after the nine-hour rampage.
    Prisoners had pulled signs off walls, destroyed prison records, smashed steel frames’ wreaked toilets and caused fire damage.
    CPSU acting union secretary Catherine Davies said Prison Officers had reported serious destruction throughout the remand centre.
    “Prison Officers stations have been levelled and there is nothing left of them,” she said.
    Despite the destruction , prisoner thugs reportedly spared their own TVs and belongings.

    A Corrections Victoria investigation and an independent review is being conducted under former Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe.
    The hefty final bill is expected to include repairs as well as the costs incurred by Victoria Police and Fire Brigade crews who attended the scene in Ravenhall MRC, as well as transport costs for rioting prisoners moved to other prison facilities.

    Opposition spokesman Edward O’Donohue called for the true costs of the prison riot to be released immediately.
    “It’s time Daniel Andrews the Premier of Victoria released the full cost of this outbreak instead of trying to keep the truth behind bars”.
    Prisons across the state remain in partial or full lockdown.
    Sourced from Herald Sun – Friday, July 24, 2015 – alex.white@news.com.au
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  23. YOUR SAY 50/50 – READERS COMMENTS HERALD SUN
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    Mr Andrews, can you come to my house and explain to my children that crime doesn’t pay?
    They saw the news of the payout to Dhakota Williams and are not listening to me.
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    If the prisoners want Foxtel,
    easy … give them only the Disney and Weather channels.
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    Last Saturday, Colleen Hewett, the singer formally from Bendigo, led a rally to say no to violence.
    It was, therefore, distressing to wake up on Tuesday to hear of the alleged murder of a woman in Bendigo and that a man had been arrested.
    Perhaps more cases of life imprisonment being imposed could be a deterrent.
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  24. “ESCAPE BID SPARKS ALERT”
    A SECURITY scare at one of Melbourne’s busiest courts has sparked a widespread investigation after a prisoner gave guards the slip and tried to board a bus.

    Corrections Victoria has launched an investigation into how the man was able to escape a County Court room, bypass a string of security staff, and leave the building.

    It follows a similar incident earlier this year when a rapist jumped the dock and attempted to attack his victim, who was sitting in court.

    Sources have told the Herald Sun in the latest incident, earlier this month, the man or prisoner, who cannot be named?, shocked court staff when he escaped the dock and made his bold bid for freedom .
    It is understood calls were made to security around the building, and the prisoner was stopped and questioned on his way out, but was let go?…
    He made it all the way outside the court building , passing numerous security officers, but was apprehended by Victoria Police Protective Services Officers – PSO’s – on Lonsdale Street as he tried to board a bus.

    The escape incident has caused concern among court staff about the ease with which the prisoner was able to escape.
    “He got all the way outside, past everyone , and almost got away”, one shocked County Court staffer said.

    The prisoner was on bail pending an appeal against a two- month prison sentence for charges of driving while suspended and failing to answer bail. He had attended an appeal hearing at the County Court but subsequently advised the court that he wished to abandon his appeal.

    County Court spokeswoman Sheree Argento said he should have been immediately taken into custody by Corrections Victoria Prison Officers in order to begin serving his original sentence.
    Corrections Victoria spokesman Quentin Fogarty said it would be inappropriate to comment because the matter was under review.

    What other list of past crimes the un-named prisoner has committed before the escape and his prior criminal record cannot be exposed?…
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  25. Once a person crosses the line and abuses children, they should lose any rights to privacy or protection.
    Why do we always support the villain?…
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    It appears you can get away with any crime including murder these days, if you take ice. Drugs taken to make you feel good seem to bring out the worst in people. Pity they don’t bring out the better side of people, when they are set free from going to jail, because the ICE made them kill or maim some victim.
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    Everyone was told 18 months ago, smoking would be banned in prisons and only when it comes in, do people and do-gooders complain about the poor hard done by inmates!…
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    As Victorian’s, we love our criminals.
    We worship Ned Kelly and Chopper.
    We were consumed by the Underbelly series and now we pay compensation to a murderer’s daughter .
    Gotta love this state.
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    $20 MILLION damage in prison smoking riots. Dan Andrews can just pluck it from the ALP do-gooder criminal rights bottomless pit , care for crims money tree!…
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  26. “MR BIG EYES A RETURN”
    ‘CRIME FIGURE’S MIDDLE EAST SOJOURN MAY BE OVER’

    HIGH-ROLLER and ex-bikie AMAD “JAY” MALKOUN is ready to return from the Middle East.

    The one time 1990’s Victorian H.M.Loddon Prison,king pin inmate, who was serving 18 years, imprisonment for being the mastermind to a multi-million dollar , $5.5 million heroin trafficking ring, in Australia in the 1980’s, and in 1988 was caught on a sting from Melbourne to Perth – in a National Crime Authority, heroin trafficking operation bust , at the time, the biggest of its kind, discovered by police.
    AMAD “JAY” MALKOUN who later in the 2000’s became a millionaire, and who has lived in Dubai with his family since 2013, is understood to be looking at property in New South Wales to settle.

    The Malkoun family have held a fire sale of items including beds, computers, whitegoods and toys, as they prepare to return home.

    Victoria Police is aware AMAD MALKOUN has been considering returning. But it is also possible he may remain overseas while his family come back to Australia.

    AMAD MALKOUN, who from late 2009 to mid- 2013 was the Victorian President – commander of Outlaw Bikie Gang the Comancheros, had been the subject of a covert police operation in the years before leaving Australia. He has known connections with corrupt Victorian Police.
    He currently holds the rank of enforcer sergeant of arms, while offshore in the wealthy Middle Eastern Arab Emirates Dubai.

    After leaving for Dubai , the former champion kickboxer and standover man put his $1.9 million luxury Melbourne Docklands penthouse — located next to Victoria Police headquarters in Flinders Street — on the market.
    It is not known what stake he had in King Street strip club ‘Spearmint Rhino’, sold in 2014 to be converted into apartments.
    It had been expected to fetch $7 million -plus.

    Despite having a declarable income of just $30,000 in 2011- 12, he was considered one of Victoria’s wealthiest, most powerful underworld figures.
    Since his departure, his one- time right hand man, MICK MURRAY, who runs a company called Nitro Security, with Victorian security industry ties, has been in charge of the Comancheros.
    MICK MURRAY has since been hit with a $12.9 million tax bill and is facing unrelated criminal charges.

    Investigators believe AMAD MALKOUN has established strong connections with a Russian crime syndicate during his time in the Middle East and that he remains one of Australia’s top organised criminals.

    He’s been linked to a Russian who has bought $13 million of Melbourne real estate.
    It is not known if AMAD MALKOUN remains a “patched” member of the Comancheros, which has an international network.

    Police believe AMAD MALKOUN has links to suspected firearms traffickers and that he continues to have strong family ties to Melbourne . He is a good friend of Dominic Mick Gatto, the Industrial mediator in Melbourne.
    “JAY” MALKOUN served more than a decade in H.M. Pentridge and H.M.Loddon Prison jails for heroin trafficking to which he and his brother ELIE MALKOUN pleaded guilty in 1989.

    His heroin trafficking brother ELIE MALKOUN is in a Texas Federal Prison serving 2 years for being an illegal alien and buying handguns in Arizona, USA. A Colt Mustang pocket light .380 calibre pistol , a Sig Sauer .45 handgun and a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol. And entered a gun shop to try and buy a gun with a “laser sight” and “extended capacity magazine”. The gun shop refused him the gun sale because he only had Australian Identification, so he offered the gun store more money to obtain the weapon, but again the gun store refused to sell him the firearm. He then went outside the gun shop and asked others shoppers if they would buy the firearm for him. Agents from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms – (ATF) first detected ELIE MALKOUN at a Arizona Gun Show and have launched an investigation into what a he, a former long imprisoned Australian heroin trafficker was doing in the US, trying to obtain dangerous firearms.
    The US Court heard ELIE MALKOUN landed in Los Angeles on March 13, 2011, from a flight from Australia, he travelled to Mexico, spent six days there, before driving in a rental car back to the United States. ELIE MALKOUN had Victorian and NSW drivers licences, but they had different names and addresses and dates of births on them. ELIE MALKOUN also did not admit to US Authorities to his heroin trafficking conviction on a US entry form he filled out prior to his arrival in the United States.
    He said he was in the United States to buy boats for export to Australia. US Authorities are concerned by ELIE MALKOUNS possible links to Mexican Crime Gangs, on his visit to Mexico. A researcher into international arms trafficking, said he doubted the guns ELIE MALKOUN had bought were destined for Australia, either he was trying to get the guns into Mexico, or use them in the United States. Without knowing, you can guess , he has a history of drug trafficking. It would appear on face value , it was more than him securing weapons for himself.
    ELIE MALKOUN entered a not guilty plea to the US Court of possessing a firearms illegally.
    The US Judge found ELIE MALKOUN a flight risk and ordered he be detained before his trial in the United States on May 3, 2011.
    ELIE MALKOUN , a joint Australia – Lebanese citizen, had failed to declare his Australian heroin conviction on his US tourist visa application. He was on a 90-day tourist visa, making it illegal in the US for him to buy weapons. He was up for release back to Australia on March 2013.

    Since doing jail time with his brother AMAD in the 1990’s, ELIE MALKOUN has managed to build his wealth, moving from Oak Park to a $1.8 million Brighton home, despite only working sporadically?…
    A US Psychologist concluded ELIE MALKOUN claims he suffers borderline Asperger’s syndrome and found it hard to make reasoned decisions. His Australian prison psychologist said he was suffering long- term damage from injuries incurred during a kickboxing career and prison fights.
    US Prison Authorities say ELIE MALKOUN has continued to threaten his wife from his Texas Prison cell.
    On January 31, 2009 – just months before he travelled to the United States – ELIE MALKOUN left his wife with serious injuries after beating her in front of their children. His wife has alleged her husband has regularly assaulted her during their 14- year relationship.
    Friends say he punched her in the face shorty after the birth of their first child, dragging her down stairs and humiliating her in front of family members.
    Police wearing flak jackets were called after his wife managed to escape the house and ELIE MALKOUN was charged over the incident. But his wife refused to give a statement and no conviction was recorded.
    The MALKOUN BROTHERS were caught in a National Crime Authority sting, which saw 14 people prosecuted over the $5 million heroin ring.
    The MALKOUN BROTHERS, who trafficked heroin in Melbourne and Perth through a network connected to nightclub scenes, emerged from Victorian Prison to become regulars on Melbourne’s notorious King Street nightclub strip. Were violence, alcohol intoxication combined with illicit drug use and wide scale party drug trafficking is rife.

    Research suggests that there are up to 10,000 Illegal handguns, Military weapons including AK47s, Bren Light Machineguns, Colt M16 Assault machine rifles and weapons parts circulating in the illicit black market and that these are the weapons of choice for criminal outlaw bikies. The illegal firearm trafficking was typically running as a side business to their principle enterprise, drug trafficking and carried out with ease with “vulnerabilities in international airstreams” to slipped undetected onto the criminal black market.
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    More background information & details on the MALKOUN BROTHERS.

    :Images for amad malkoun – and more images and mugshots for amad malkoun. – Google.
    :Images for elie malkoun.
    :OUTLAW BIKIES AND BAD COPS.-The connection between bikies and police officers. – http://www.theage.com.au

    :Comancheros boss Jay Malkoun sells up for new life overseas. – Law& Order – August 2, 2013. http://www.heraldsun.com.au – Jay’s $1.9 + pad. – pictures.

    :Big Shot Elie Malkoun loses prison freedom bid. – True Crime Scene – June 03, 2012. – http://www.heraldsun.com.au

    :Australian heroin trafficker Elie Malkoun refused bail in US. – March 26, 2011. – Photo of ELIE MALKOUN, 53, at the Australian Tennis Open in 2006. – The Daily Telegraph.

    :Secret informer links Victoria’s most powerful bikie boss Amad ‘Jay’ Malkoun with suspected firearms traffickers. – Law&Order – July 03, 2013 – http://www.heraldsun.com.au – Picture of AMAD”JAY” MALKOUN at a Danny Green boxing match with colourful characters Mick Gatto, Bandidos figure, Comanchero leader Mick Murray, Perth gangster John Kizon, gym owner Tony Doherty and Mick Gatto’s mediation business partner John Khoury and friends and former Carlton Footballer Brendon Fevola in the background? …………..
    And The Comanchero Motorcycle Club on their annual ride in 2012. ………….
    And a map on the alledged Illegal firearm trafficking networks throughout the world connected to a wealthy jet pilot with a fleet of planes and a luxury jet and bases across Australia, which police intelligence suspect is used to traffick illegal weapons with close connections to Comanchero boss Amad Malkoun and Mick Gatto. Mick Gatto say’s its all nonsense.

    :Wife begs for protection as out – of – jail drug traficker Elie Malkoun eyes return home. – Law & Order – December 18, 2012. – http://www.heraldsun.com.au

    :Elie Malkoun, Australian illegal Immigrant and former heroin trafficker, gets two years for buying guns at Glendale gun show. Monday,November 28, 2011. – Pheonix New Times. – USA.

    :Lebandon .. Life In The Fast Lane – Google News. – news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1300&dat=19890910… – Sept 10, 1989 – The Age – Two Brothers from Lebandon – Elie and Amad Malkoun ostensibly were hard working, fun loving men…Elie and Amad , fitness fanatics, developed their physiques ar the gym in Moonee Ponds to become drug couriers.- Full Story – from The Age Newspaper – 10 September 1989.

    :Heroin kings crowned , mules executed – The West Australian – May 28, 2010. – A full early detailed history of The MALKOUNS From Lebandon who came to Australia with their parents in 1968, and went on to become Western Australia’s and Melbourne’s nightclub owners and major heroin taffickers dealing with the Chinese Triads and eventually caught running Australia’s biggest cross country heroin trafficking business.
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  27. “PRISON SMOKE ALARM”
    “INMATES COOK NICOTINE PATCHES TO FEED HABITS”

    PRISONERS are being rushed to hospital after smoking nicotine patches mixed with tea leaves as they struggle with the new smoking bans.

    Inmates across the state are making homemade, ‘jailhouse’ – “tea smokes”, as they’ve been dubbed, which are causing nose bleeds and sickness.

    In recent weeks many prisoners have been rushed to hospital by ambulance due to the side-effects.
    A concerned mother of an inmate in his 20s at the medium – security H.M.Margoneet Correctional Centre in Lara, near Geelong, said her son was “very worried and concerned” about the widespread misuse of nicotine patches.
    “He says at least one inmate a day is collapsing and being taken to hospital and it’s distressing for him to see”, the inmates mother has said.
    “The prison authorities need to do something to stop it. Apparently it’s mainly the newcomers to the prison doing it who are on remand.
    “Many have chain-smoked on the outside so are constantly cooking their patches to smoke them”.

    Corrections Victoria enforced the smoking ban in July, sparking $25 Million damage riots at the H.M.Metropolitan Remand Centre , MRC in Ravenhall and H.M.Port Phillip Prison and other Victorian Prisons.
    As well as tea leaves the prisoners are said to pick grass from the exercise yards and sometimes use mint from herbal tea bags.

    Each prison has been working with Quit Victoria to tailor programs, but prison sources say many prisoners are struggling.
    “Many of them actually want to quit but it’s not like they can go off for a walk to try and keep their mind off a smoke”, an inmates mother has said.
    “So they will try anything they can get for a nicotine hit”.

    Before the Victorian Prisons state wide smoking ban, 84 per cent of inmates going into the states prisons smoked, and 2800 out of Victoria’s 6200 prisoners have attended quit programs.
    Prisoners are issued with daily nicotine patches, which on average contain 15mg of nicotine.
    Prison sources say they microwave or boil the patches in the belief heat releases the nicotine.

    A spokesman for Corrections Victoria confirmed the problem.
    He said nicotine lozenges would soon be available.
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    My question to all this do-gooder sympathy and nicotine patches and lozenges hand outs for all the addicted smoking jail birds, is how much is this all costing the Victorian Governments financial budget and the taxpayers, with the high ongoing costs of ambulances taking self inflicted addicted inmates to emergency hospitals. The casualty hospital admissions costs and ongoing medical treatment for the inmates admitted to hospital, and finally the cost of suppling nicotine patches, nicotine lozenges and all the wasted tea bags.
    And last but not least, the ongoing costs of repairing all the reckless criminal riot damages, that many yet to be identified prison inmates caused to the Victorian Governments Prisons. Said to be $25 Million dollars and still climbing.
    It might have been cheaper to the tax payer, by letting the crims keep smoking cigarettes in the exercise yards only. Rather than try and flog a dead horse, by deterring the criminal scumbags from quitting smoking, and being a further burden on the public expenditure of valuable Hospital accommodation, medical treatments and expensive nicotine patches and lollies handed out to them daily.
    Mean while back in the real world, innocent people in the community are on very long public hospital waiting lists to get operations like hip or knee replacements etc, if they cannot afford expensive health insurance. A criminal inmate, goes straight to the front of the queue an at no cost whatsoever to them at emergency hospital and a free ride in the ambulance.
    The general public could not care less, about prisoners doing it hard in jail, having to go cold turkey in jail, just like the criminal prison inmates, when they were free, didn’t give a shit about the welfare and suffering they have inflicted on their many victims, during there crime sprees that got them locked up in jail in the first place!…
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