Damning ABC Four Corners report into the mistreatment of teenage prisoners-Don Dale detention centre

Despicable, we have seen this overseas and thanked GOD it could never happen here. I think by the immediate actions of the Federal Government in calling and Royal Commission says a lot. Disgusting, if this is how my child might be treated if he committed crimes in NT, bloody hell, help us all! NO human deserves to be treated as a DOG or worse. NO matter what

I am compiling all the videos so they can be seen together, folks. Appalling, never in my dreams did I think we treat anybody like this. ALL these kids are underage.No matter what they did or why they are there we as a society are not violent. I personally am not surprised the individuals shown reacted they way they did. It is a matter of survival! At least a dozen clips on the way stay tuned


Despicable, we have seen this overseas and thanked GOD it could never happen here. I think by the immediate actions of the Federal Government in calling and Royal Commission says a lot. Disgusting, if this is how my child might be treated if he committed crimes in NT, bloody hell, help us all! NO human deserves to be treated as a DOG or worse. NO matter what…(Robbo)

I am compiling all the videos so they can be seen together, folks. Appalling, never in my dreams did I think we treat anybody like this. ALL these kids are underage.No matter what they did or why they are there we as a society are not violent. I personally am not surprised the individuals shown reacted they way they did. It is a matter of survival! At least a dozen clips on the way stay tuned (Robbo)


NT Government counter-sues boys who were tear-gassed at Don Dale

29/07/16

The Northern Territory Government is counter-suing two boys who were tear-gassed by prison guards at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.

The boys, whose names have been suppressed by the Northern Territory Supreme Court, lodged papers in June this year seeking damages for alleged mistreatment at the hands of staff at the facility.

But the NT Government’s response, filed on July 4, is seeking damages for an escape attempt in which the two boys stole a car, before using it to ram a roller-door and re-enter the prison.

The Government claims the two boys escaped from Don Dale on May 31, 2015, causing $89,000 in damage.

It also claims the boys caused $74,025.60 damage when they rammed a roller door at the prison using a stolen car on June 1, 2015.

The NT Government is seeking damages with interest and legal costs.

Both boys, and four others who are not being counter-sued, are seeking damages for the now-infamous tear-gassing incident in the old Don Dale centre as well as a string of other claims.

The writs filed by the boys seek general, aggravated and exemplary damages to “deter and punish” the NT Government.

One of the prisoners suing is Dylan Voller, who was the prisoner strapped to a restraint chair for hours with a spit hood placed over his head.

Another is Jake Roper, who was the boy who got out of his cell in the behavioural management unit of the old Don Dale centre, which instigated the tear-gassing of all prisoners in the area.

Here is the whole video in one go.I do prey that in the interests of the publics right to know and to educate our country I do NOT get a strike.

John Elferink sacked from Corrections in wake of Four Corners report; Adam Giles alleges culture of cover-up

Updated 19 minutes ago

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles has sacked his Corrections Minister John Elferink in the wake of the damning ABC Four Corners report into the mistreatment of teenage prisoners, while alleging there has been a “culture of cover-up” within the Corrections system.

Key points:

  • John Elferink remains as Mental Health Minister, Attorney-General
  • Adam Giles alleges cover-up of video evidence
  • Staff seen in Four Corners report still in Corrections system

John Elferink, the minister responsible for young detainees in the Northern Territory, has been sacked in the wake of the damning ABC Four Corners report into the mistreatment of teenage prisoners.

At a press conference today, NT Chief Minister Adam Giles announced he had taken over the portfolios of Corrections and Justice from Mr Elferink.

“Can I start by saying that anybody who saw that footage on television last night on Four Corners would undoubtedly describe it as horrific footage. I sat and watched the footage and recognised horror through my eyes,” Mr Giles said.

He said the footage aired in the Four Corners report had been withheld from him, Mr Elferink and “many officials in government” — with him only seeing it for the first time “on television last night”.

“I think over time there has most certainly been a culture of cover-up within the Corrections system,” he said.

“I think there’s been a culture of cover-up going on for many a long year. The footage we saw last night [went] back to 2010 — and I predict this has gone on for a very long time.”

He said his government had been “working very hard to try and fix many of those issues”.

“What we’re changing is a culture of an organisation within the youth detention system and I think we’ve come a long way in that time. That’s not to discredit any of that terrible footage we saw on Four Corners last night. It was terrible footage but we’re seeking to improve the system,” Mr Giles said.

When asked if he personally was comfortable with children being strapped into restraint chairs, Mr Giles refused to answer definitively.

“We’re going to have a look at that as part of the royal commission. We will have a review into that. I can’t talk about individual cases,” he said.

“There are kids who are trying to deliberately cause cranial issues by bashing their head against the wall.

“Prison officers need the ability to be able to de-escalate issues when children are not in … a calm environment within themselves and at all times those kids’ wellbeing is being put at the best possible place.

“Having said that, there is certainly footage last night, particularly the footage dating back to 2010, 2012 and 2014 where I don’t think the standards have been upheld.”

Mr Giles said the Northern Territory community was “sick of youth crime … they have had a gutful”.

“They’ve had a gutful of cars getting smashed up, houses getting broken into, people being assaulted. There’s no doubt. And the majority of the community is saying let’s lock these kids up,” he said.

 

Some staff from footage still with corrections

The Acting Commissioner of Corrections Mark Payne, who took over in 2015, admitted some staff seen in the Four Corners report were still working with NT Corrections.

“A number of the staff, particularly those who have become the subject of previous investigations, a number of those staff members are no longer with us in the organisation. They’ve either been terminated in their employment or have chosen to resign,” Mr Payne said.

“A number of staff members who may have been implicated to sustain charges, criminal or internal, remain with us.

“There were only two staff members identified in footage last night that still remain within the youth justice sphere.”

Asked if he held any concerns for the welfare of youth detainees, Mr Payne said he did not.

“I have no concern and, in fact, I should remind the public that we have the Children’s Commissioner and their staff come in to our facilities once a week,” he said.

“We have representatives and our elders visiting program coming into the facility.

“We invite people in tours of the facility so as I stated previously, when I came into the organisation I found certainly a different place and its certainly a different place today in 2016 to what was identified in the footage last night.”

Elferink office target of attack

Asked where the Mr Elferink was, Mr Giles answered: “I don’t know.”

“I imagine he’s are probably in his office. I’ve advised John that I am assuming the Corrections responsibility immediately and that occurred five minutes before I walked into this office,” he said.

Mr Giles said Mr Elferink would retain his other portfolios, including Health, Children and Families and Mental Health.

This morning, Mr Elferink’s Darwin electoral office was the target of a vandal graffiti attack with police attending the scene.

Mr Elferink is yet to speak publicly since the Four Corners report, in which he is featured offering ABC journalist Caro Meldrum-Hanna a lift on his motorcycle to the Don Dale area where the so-called “riot” took place in 2014.

The ABC revealed the riot never happened and was concocted by prison authorities as an excuse for the use of tear-gassing of six boys.

The report has resulted in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announcing a royal commission into the Northern Territory’s juvenile justice system.


Evidence of ‘torture’ of children held in Don Dale detention centre uncovered by Four Corners

Video: LANGUAGE WARNING: Watch the video obtained by Four Corners (ABC News)

Vision of the tear-gassing of six boys being held in isolation at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin in August 2014 has been obtained by Four Corners, exposing one of the darkest incidents in the history of juvenile justice in Australia.

The vision is part of an investigation featuring a chilling catalogue of footage revealing a pattern of abuse, deprivation and punishment of vulnerable children inside Northern Territory youth detention centres.

The tear-gassing incident was described as a “riot” at the time, with media reporting multiple boys had escaped their cells in the isolation wing of the prison, known as the Behavioural Management Unit (BMU), and threatened staff with weapons.

But CCTV vision and handy-cam recordings made by staff, obtained exclusively by Four Corners, show only one boy escaped his cell after it was left unlocked by a guard.

Former corrections commissioner Ken Middlebrook last year defended the officer’s actions in the wake of a damning report by the Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner.

“I am not in the business of overuse of force. There were two sprays from an aerosol in the area. Now it wasn’t overuse of gas,” Mr Middlebrook told the ABC at the time.

But CCTV vision from the incident shows 10 bursts of tear gas being sprayed into the enclosed area over the space of one-and-a-half-minutes.

All six boys were exposed to the tear gas, five while still locked in their cells.

Not all the children were misbehaving — two boys can be seen on CCTV calmly playing cards before being exposed to the fumes. Another can be seen repeatedly smashing the wall of his cell with a broken light fitting.

The 14-year-old boy who escaped his cell can be heard repeatedly asking how long he had been in isolation and requesting to talk to staff.

Instead of negotiating with the boy, prison staff can be heard laughing and mocking him, calling the boy “an idiot” and a “little f****r”.

Four Corners has managed to track down several of the boys who were tear gassed. They describe being highly distressed, afraid for their lives, and say that two years on they are now suffering from disturbing flashbacks and nightmares from the ordeal.

The CCTV vision also shows the children’s reactions as they are affected by the gas, running to the back of their cells, hiding behind sheets and mattresses, gasping for air, crying, and bending over toilets.

One boy is left in his cell and exposed to tear gas for eight minutes. He is seen lying face down on the floor with his hands behind his back, before being handcuffed by two prison officers wearing gas masks and dragged out of his cell.

‘Ticking time bomb’ of potentially unlawful solitary confinement

The use of tear gas at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in 2014 came after months of tension, repeated escapes and incidents at the centre, which was staffed with under-trained Youth Justice Officers, in what has been described as a “ticking time bomb” by former staff.

Three weeks before the tear-gassing incident, five boys had escaped from Don Dale.

When they were recaptured, they were placed in the isolation wing of the prison for between 15 and 17 days, in what were described by both children and staff as appalling and inhumane conditions.

They were kept locked in their cells for almost 24 hours a day with no running water, little natural light, and were denied access to school and educational material.

The boys being kept in isolation were accidentally discovered by a group of lawyers, including solicitor Jared Sharp, when they were taken on a tour of the facility in August 2014.

“We all sort of looked at each other in shock that there was kids in these cells, because there was signs of life in there but we didn’t know who was in there or what was happening, or how long they’d been there,” Mr Sharp told Four Corners.

“To what extreme is that, is to my view is torture. To my view that is treating kids in a way that is just entirely unacceptable,” he said.

Human Rights Lawyer Ruth Barson said the isolation of the children was a clear violation of the United Nations Convention against Torture.

“The UN’s expert on torture has said there are no circumstances that justify young people being held in solitary confinement, let alone prolonged solitary confinement,” Ms Barson told Four Corners.

“I think the NT and in particular Don Dale has a long way to go to ensure their practices are compliant with Australia’s obligation on the convention against torture and against the right of the child.”

Government says improvements made

In the days after the tear gassing, NT Corrections Minister John Elferink praised the actions of his staff and the prison security dog used on the night of the incident.

“I congratulate again, and place my support behind, the staff who made this decision. The staff worked hard, Fluffy the Alsatian worked hard and, as far as we are concerned, it was a problem that was solved quickly,” Mr Elferink told Parliament.

In the wake of the incident, the Don Dale centre was closed and the children were moved to the run-down, old Berrimah adult prison.

The NT Government commissioned an independent report into the incident by former Long Bay prison boss Michael Vita, which was released in January 2015.

Mr Elferink told Four Corners the Government had learned from the mistakes of the past.

“It was a system that needed improvement. It was a system that had fundamental problems, which is why I’ve worked so hard to improve it and it has been improved,” he said.

“That was a circumstance that clearly demonstrated to me that something had to be done, which is what the Vita Report was all about.

“Those circumstances have now been changed… we hope that they won’t be repeated.”

NT Children’s Commissioner Colleen Gwynne confirmed to Four Corners there are still ongoing issues with youth detention in the Northern Territory, with many of her 2015 report recommendations still not implemented.

“The response has not been as urgent as we would have liked. The issues raised in that report are extremely serious and I would like to see a more full response,” she said.

“[We need] some urgency and some dedicated resources thrown at this.”

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38 thoughts on “Damning ABC Four Corners report into the mistreatment of teenage prisoners-Don Dale detention centre”

  1. The problem with this is of coarse we don’t see what these kids do to deserve this kind of handling .there are 2 sides to every story. Dealing with aboriginal teens who are drunk or on drugs or violent won’t be easy. I’d hate to do it .how much abuse do aboriginal men give out to their women and families because of alcohol or drugs?? That’s no racist statement that’s just truth. And what do you think jail or detention centres should look like??? A 5 star hotel?? Perhaps they can’t get the staff to do the work with these kids that have the patients or people skills they need to cope with the job. Either way it’s the old adage don’t do the time if you can’t do the time. Keep your nose clean .

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    1. Deb i love your passion as much as mine. BUT we need to look solely here as to how these young people are treated. No crime, no amount of offences, nor age should decide how are juveniles are treated in the system. The 16yr old in Melbourne needs and expects the same treatment in detention. I would want the same for my boys…How about you?

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  2. You don’t have to be an Aborigine. Here’s Chris ‘BADNE$$’ Binse saying what happened after he was made a ward of the state:

    At thirteen years of age I got locked up in Baltara, the under-fourteen section of Turana. At this tender age I was subjected to bashings by staff in the Warrawong punishment block. They told us kids that the bashings were to deter us from coming back to at section.

    From ‘Mayhem: The Strange and Savage Saga of Christopher ‘BADNE$$’ Binse’, released today.

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  3. What is clear is that the corrections facility was run by a bunch of racist thugs and for anyone to deny that you are either a racist or a thug protecting your own.
    These people should be behind bars. The governmental heads should be sacked from public service.
    What we have seen in these videos is brutal, thuggish and nasty to the core. The only aim seems to be to inflict as much damage as possible on already damaged children. And how can anyone call this correctional. It looks like a sure fire way to turn kids into criminals.
    Anyone who can’t see how disgusting this is is mentally deficient in some way and should seek help

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  4. I was shocked and moved when I watched the Four Corners CCTV footage also, and I have seen some horrible acts of violence, self harm and suicides by both prisoners on prisoners and also by the basher prison officers, as a former Pentridge Prison Officer, as well as had violence inflicted upon me off duty. It is a very difficult stressful job, especially when watching over unpredictable criminals, be they adults or youths. They both can be very frightening and dangerous when they are not happy about being locked up. And they do go off out in the streets as well as in custody.

    But, I do agree that the way these obviously under trained or don’t give a shit and just racist bully thug security guards or the uniformed NT prison security unit screws, went about carrying out their duty is unacceptable. Their was a use off excessive force to bring about the end to the incidents at this jail. And I think all those Prison Officers involved should be sacked.
    But also from my experience 25 years ago. It is no secret that young criminals then as they do still now, hate the authority of Police and Prison Officers, because they are locking them down.

    But aside from the breach of human rights issues on these CCTV recordings of criminals teens in both the adult prison and YTC custody and illegal use of force and inhumane way these over the top thug racist screws handled the incident situation of these young juvenile inmates, and went about inflaming the violence and anger of the inmates. It should not be forgotten that in Victoria for example. Young teen criminal offenders in Victorian Youth Training Justice Centres are not getting treated like Northern Territory Juvenile prisoners. And are well treated in Victoria’s Criminal Justice System.

    But our Victorian Young youths or teens are still committing very horrible and irrational violent crimes of bashings and armed robberies and home invasions and expensive property and car theft and criminal damages to their traumatised victims and the community.

    What I simply saying, when the boot is on the other foot these sooky young irrational and often very violent young juvenile criminals don’t care for an instant the effect they have on their victims during and after the commission of their crimes.

    So I think a taste of ‘scared straight’ or solitary confinement is what they deserve to make them think for a time what they have done to their victims. Because a slap on the wrist , is not going to rehabilitate them either. They will do their few months in a Youth Justice Young Offenders Prison. But their victims, don’t get such a quick recovery from these very young youths continuing to commit expensive property damage, stealing and violent and untold hardship and out of pocket costs to the innocent victims of their don’t give a shit Apex and copycat Gangs ‘get rich quick’ attitude towards armed robbery and home invasion and assaults they have committed.
    These young youth don’t care about the human rights of the victims of their crimes. And no lawyers are coming out to help victims of crime, these young offenders are committing daily on a grand scale. Rehabilitation to young offenders is all very good, to the lawyers and human rights experts, but we the community after victims of these sob story young teen offenders. And many of them don’t even go to youth prison. Only in the worst of offences of violence and armed robbery.

    Anyway the Victorian Youth Justice Centres are supposed to be going to be going to be given the approval for a youth prisoners operated coffee shop and Bakers Delight bread bakery to help rehabilitate them in juvenile prison.

    It would be good if their fresh made coffees and hot baked Bakers Delight bread could be sent to all the Victorian Public Hospitals and Aged Care Homes. Because the hospital bread is stale mass produced bread and the food horrible. So if the Government want to rehabilitate young offenders, then get them to fresh Bakers Delight bake bread for all the Hospitals… To keep them and steer them from committing more crime when the get released from juvenile detention.

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  5. Uploaded a couple of things. Also had some very frustrated ex-prison staff contact me via a few options who have been told to shut their mouths for years. They have had enough and we will see them at the Royal Commission. Gutsy people

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  6. Victorian Prisons and other states prisons and Youth Training Prisons were all like this also once. As ex prisoners that have been on here for before in the public lounge, have spoken about in detail. The prison and police service both always have and still do have some bad egg bully custodial officers that are very unsuitable in their temperament, disposition, personality and showing a bastardised traits of a lack of ethical and empathetic demeanour for such roles of supervising prisoners. But for the good serving officers it is against the public service law to speak out against the system. As it always has been. If one is to survive as accepted amongst their colleagues and not be ostracized as a informer dog a lagger or rat mole. And to rat or blow the whistle on fellow officers or senior management is condemn one self to the loss of their job, career, in the corrections or police service for life. I can personally attest to being a hated outcast from the 1990’s Victorian Prison Service, then Office of Corrections, now Department of Justice and Regulation – Corrections Victoria. They stitched me up and banned me for life. In effect I can never be employed as a Prison Corrections Officer never again. Even though I was experienced from working in Pentridge and other prisons. And I never did anything wrong in the treatment of prisoners, while I was on duty, while many others that did harm inmates even bash them, and also were involved in corrupt activities were promoted are still working in the Corrective Services?

    I would like to think that heads will roll over these 2010 – 14 Northern Territory Youth Prison incidents. But Corrections is a out of sight, out of mind environment and dark world. And being a whistleblower is a dangerous option over just keep one’s mouth shut and looking the other way here no evil, see no evil. The prison system covers up and protects its own. But at least in this Four Corners exposed CCTV, just like the exposing of the live baiting greyhound trainers. Some of the prison hierarchy, including senior prison managers will be finally made accountable and lose their careers?

    As far back as 1972 – Prison Officers where exceeding their duty of care towards prisoners to maintain fear, discipline and good order and management in prison. Nothing much has very changed behind the locked gates? – It is called the University of crime for a reason. Criminal come out worse than they went in. That is the grim environment of jail, its will always attract unsuitable short fused men as Prison Officers, that is why so many Females are now choose as Prison Officers, as they are more humane and tolerant of the human rights of supervising unpredictable prisoners. But the prison riot security squad is always in the back ground for when prison trouble has to be contained.

    Interesting related reading of past Australian Prison brutality below…

    :Warders Beat Me : Prisoner .An H Division Prisoner Yesterday Told… news.goggle.com/newspapers?nid=1300&dat=19721011&id…sjid…pg…

    :[PDF] Contested Narratives of Penal Knowledge: H Division … AustLII -www.austlii.edu.au/journals/CICrimJust/2006/3.pdf

    :Description: Report of the Board of Inquiry into Several Matters… http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au – ‘CLICK ON’ – Online Access: GP V 1973/74 no. 37 (1.0MB) –
    78 page report of ‘The Victoria, Board of Inquiry into Several Matters Concerning H.M. Prison Pentridge and the Maintenance of Discipline in Prisons’. – Pentridge Prison (Coburg,Vic.) – Parliamentary paper (Victoria. Parliament) ; 1973-74, no. 37 – Jenkinson, Kenneth Joseph, 1927-2001. Melbourne : C.H. Rixon , Government Printer, 1974 – Also on Page 44 – Includes The Social Welfare Department – Provisions of the Child Welfare Act 1958, the Gaols Act 1958 – Children Reception Centres and Homes – Admissions of Children and Young Persons to the Care of the Social Welfare Department – Youth Welfare Division – Remand Centres, Youth Training Centres, Youth Hostels, and Youth Welfare Services. Detention of Young Persons – Placement and Supervision of Young Persons. Treatment of Prisoners. Youth Parole Board.
    Page 61 – 66 – Use of Solitary Confinement , Page 68 – 70 – Use of Hard Labour. The use of H Division, H.M.Pentridge for prison discipline and prisoners youth and adult considered high security risks .
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  7. PM under pressure to widen royal commission into detention abuse – Yahoo! 7NEWS – July 27, 2016. – The Prime Minister is under pressure to broaden the Royal Commission into abuse at a Northern Territory Youth Detention Centre for two facilities Australia wide. – 5.11am.

    Terms of Royal Commission into youth detention to be set. – Yahoo! 7NEWS – July 27, 2016 – 4.16pm. – Federal cabinet will meet to discuss the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Youth Detention in the Northern Territory.

    Also related…
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    The Lastest Catholic and Dr Cardinal George Pell Child Abuse exposed by the ABC 7.30

    :George Pell: The Swimming pool allegations . – ABC News – 7.30 Report. – One of the earliest complaints against Cardinal George Pell being investigated by Victoria Police goes back to summer of 1978 – 79 when he was Episcopal Vicar for Education in the Ballarat diocese.
    :Two men allege George Pell touched their genitals in a swimming pool when they were children

    :Both men have given statements to police. But even if police have a case that warrants charges, Dr George Pell will never face his accusers because he will never return to Australia.

    :George Pell say’s through a statement by the Catholic Church on his behalf at the Vatican he emphatically and unequivocally denies, rejects any allegations of sexual abuse against him.

    :The two men’s painful past.
    Giving the risks of speaking out publically, Lyndon Monument and Damian Dignan have declared some painful truths about their own histories to the ABC 7.30. Full Story can be seen Online :ABC 7.30.
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    IN BRIEF OF THE ABC 7.30
    :The then child victims, now middle aged adults hope that in breaking their silence they may encourage others to feel that they too can come forward.
    Both men have made extremely serious allegations of abuse against some other teachers at St Alipius in Ballarat, which was also being investigated by Victoria Police’s Taskforce SANO, and one of the victims Damian Dignan in particular cites the beatings delivered by Catholic Brothers at the school as having a terrible psychological impact on him.
    One victim Mr Monument, emotionally say, “We shouldn’t be ashamed of what has happened to us”.
    “It’s not out fault. We’ve lived with feeling like shit for too long, we don’t have to no more”.
    He said, He tries to get to sleep quickly each night because he hates “being awake”.
    Several of his St Alipius friends who survived sexual abuse also took their lives and Lyndon Monument’s life spun out of control.
    “I know it sound horrible, and I would never hurt myself because I love my family and my kids, but I don’t really like living,” a very emotional Mr Monument said to the ABC 7.30

    Another child victim of Then Priest George Pell in Mr Damian Dignan says he later took to alcohol and lost “everything I had”.
    “You’re like a dog that’s been beaten too much — you’re got no confidence.
    “You can’t talk. And you never talk. You feel ashamed.”

    Damian Dignan and Lyndon Monument have been waiting for a year since they made their police statements last July, and were eagerly anticipating Cardinal George Pell flying to Melbourne to give evidence to The Royal Commission in December 2015. But on December 11, 2015, George Pell issued a statement saying he could not fly to Australia for the following week’s evidence, on doctors advice.
    The Royal Commission accepted his evidence and the cardinal did not fly, leaving the victim Mr Lyndon Monument “absolutely shattered”.
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    ALSO LATEST UPDATE ON ABC 7.30 –
    :NT prison authorities knew about shocking hood vision last year.
    The head of the juvenile prison system in the Northern Territory vigorously defended the use of a restraint chair on teenager Dylan Voller as long ago as September last year, 2015. – Video – 7.17 mins.
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  8. Those prison employees from the N.T should be transferred down to The Wolsten Correctional Centre they could drag that prick Brett Cowen and his pedophile buddies into submission thats what those grubs need. Put the fear into them. Id love to know Bayley, Barrie Watts, Garforth the whole lot of those scumbags get that treatment but unfortunately I dont hold much hope there. It sure is rough handling and there are other approaches they could have used no doubt about that it would be terrifying being lunged at by big brutes and being stripped also not knowing when it is going to happen. Very barbaric even if they are arseholes. I dont agree with the lawyer of one of those lads saying he should be released thats just singling out one and not the others. Just because hes got a fat mouthed frigin lawyer. That teen should serve out his punishment in other practical ways violence wont work we all know that. That sort of violence in detention has been going on for decades its nothing new as you all know. In my previous line of work the files on Deaths in Custody were endless. Its suprising there hasnt been fatalities from seeing the level of violence inflicted. They should be doing that sort of rough stuff to the likes of that fucker Julian Knight, Dupas, Price, oh so many to mention its such a shame.

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  9. I have no sympathy for Dylan and the rest of those areholes by the way, they have experienced the worst form of punishment so they had better learn from it and go on to improve their lives if they dont then they havent got a hope in hell go back inside and rot.

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  10. Yeah I am with you also, Reagan some of us see it different from the other side of the fence from the victims of crime perspective.
    The way the every lawyer and the public also, is so outraged and all upset about the torture violations and unacceptable treatment and breach of human rights on these youth inmates.

    But what is being ignored also is the propensity of reckless and riotous violence commonly and frequently in the community, when these youths (young offenders) are at large committing desperate crimes that require for public safety, because of their risk, the need to lock them in high security unit, solitary confinement jail in the first place.

    These young inmates, had now concern about their victims when they were offending before they went inside prison. They were young offenders, but they were committing adult crimes. As they have always been unofficially labelled by Prison authorities Australia wide. TAs the Little Darlings. Meaning they are out of control juvenile delinquent little terrors.

    And yes while those Prison Officers have committed very over the top responses of inhumane custody of these troublesome, youth inmates, and did go way to far with extreme prejudice and excessive use of force even torture to retrain them and the derogatory way they swore and abused those youth inmates much akin to the methods used in the likes of the notorious U.S. run, Cuban, Guantanamo Bay Terrorist Detention Camp X-ray or at the notorious run U.S.- C.I.A. run Abu Ghraib Terrorist Prison in Bagdad Central Prison, Saudi Arabia.
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    But young youth and adult prisoners can be just as brutal upon well trained and experienced Prison Officers trying to carry out their custodial duties by a humane containment use of force.
    As has just happened in the Victorian Medium and minimum low security H.M.Loddon Prison. Where I once worked as a Prison Officer after being transferred from H.M.Pentridge Prison.
    Where by a prisoner in custody is subject to a coronial inquiry after his death in custody after being tear gas and capsicum sprayed to contain him in a isolation cell in the jail, after this very violent and dangerous prisoner attacked two Prison Officers, which has put them in hospital with cut and head injuries. One of the Prison Officers has had six teeth smashed out and a broken nose and other sustained injuries. Not to mention what post traumatic mental stress injuries these Prison Officers will go through in the future.

    So not only are youth and adult inmates in the prisons the victims of institutional random violence, but so too are the keeper trying to keep them locked down. It is a very dangerous job holding angry violent criminals in prisons, who can at anytime lash out against Prison Officers.
    This needs to be remembered also by the legal system that Prison Officer are victims of violence inflicted upon them, trying to just do their job.
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    :In the news. – Google. – Video Vision: courtesy Seven News Melbourne :Seven Network – GANGLAND DEATH – MELBOURNE PRISON DEATH
    HIZIR FERMEN COLLAPSED AFTER REPORTEDLY BASHING TWO GUARDS…

    Underworld figure Hizir Ferman dies in attack on guards at Loddon Prison, near Castlemaine. – The Age – July 29, 2016 – 7:22AM…………

    A violent underworld figure has died following an attack on two Prison Officers at Loddon Prison, north-west of Melbourne………………………

    HIZIR FERMEN ,34, was found dead in a unit at the medium-security prison on Thursday afternoon, a prison source said.
    FERMEN had barricaded himself in the room after seriously assaulting the Prison Officers about 11am at the facility near Castlemaine.
    The Coroner has been called and is expected to investigate if the man had a reaction to tear gas or capsicum spray.
    The prison was put in lockdown after the incident, in which one Prison Officer is believed to have lost six teeth, and suffered a broken nose and a “significant gash” to his face.
    One Prison Officer was sent to Castlemaine Health Hospital, while the other was sent to Bendigo Base Hospital.
    It is understood the Prison Officer with the less serious injuries has been discharged from hospital.
    HIZIR FERMEN was sentenced to more than six years’ prison in 2012 after he was found guilty of extortion and threating to kill a Coburg motor mechanic.

    When arrested in July 2010, FERMEN was found with a loaded semi-automatic handgun.
    A search of his car uncovered a tomahawk, a sawn-off rifle and silencer.

    He had a extensive criminal history that dates back to 1998 and includes convictions for armed robbery, assaults, drug trafficking and weapons charges.

    In 2007, FERMEN was cleared by a Magistrate of murdering drug dealer MARK MALLIA.
    Drug kingpin CARL WILLIAMS was eventually convicted for the murder.

    The dispute at H.M.LODDON PRISON on Thursday morning is believed to have started when HIZIR FERMEN refused a request by Prison Officers to leave his accommodation unit at the 236-bed Middleton Unit.

    The Prison Officers were instructed to extract HIZIR FERMEN from the building when they were attacked.

    A spokesman for Correction Victoria confirmed a 35-year-old male prisoner at the Middleton Annexe died on Thursday afternoon.

    “Following a earlier incident where two staff members were injured, the prisoner refused to leave his room and was subsequently removed,” he said.
    “Shortly afterward the prisoner collapsed, with medical attention immediately provided.
    Police attended the site and are investigating.”

    The matter will be referred to the Coroner to formally determine cause of death.

    FERMEN was close to the end of his custodial sentence after serving most of his sentence at Maximum – Security facilities including H.M.BARWON PRISON.
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    :Images for Loddon Prison – Google.
    :Images for Hizir Fermen melbourne gangland criminal
    :Images for Mark Mallia melbourne gangland criminal
    :Images for Carl Williams melbourne gangland criminal

    :Melbourne gangland killlings – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_gangland_ – Hizir Fermen…

    :Inmate dead after prison guards assaulted – NEWS.com.au

    :Man found dead at Loddon Prison, Castlemaine after alleged prison guard attack – Herald Sun

    :Man found dead at Loddon Prison, Castlemaine after alleged prison …
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/…loddon-prison…/80625895d397a7b00892daa903447c2c
    A GANGLAND figure has died after allegedlly launching a brutal attack on two prison guards. Violent standover man Hizir Fermen died…

    :Inmate dead after prison guards assualted – News.com.au – http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking…in…jail/…/78ccd4142c08402fca4aff0e09736700
    :Hizir Fermen, who had underworld links, died after being forcibly removed from his room in Loddon Prison on Thursday, Corrections Victoria.
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  11. “THUG DEATH A MYSTERY”
    ‘THREE PROBES INTO PRISON FATALITY’

    HIZIR FERMAN detested police, courts and the prison system.
    After once being sentenced to a year in jail, the thug in the dock shouted at a Purana Taskforce detective: “You think 12 months is going to stop me, you dog?”

    As of last night, three inquiries were trying to work out what permanently stopped the feared standover man after he bashed two Prison Officers at a country prison on Thursday.

    The mystery of why he collapsed and died after hours of drama at Castlemaine’s H.M.Loddon Prison is being investigated by the Coroner, Victoria Police and Correction Victoria officials.

    Toxicology may provide answers, or it may be that he just died of natural causes?

    FERMAN ,34, was no Mr Big, but he was a ruthless and feared player at the height of Melbourne’s bloody Gangland Wars.
    One detective said his father, AYHAN FERMAN, and notorious drug dealer NIK RADEV — both ultimately shot dead — were two massive influences on his violent life.

    AYHAN FERMAN was shot read with his own gun by a 12-year-old boy defending his mother from a typically violent onslaught in 2010.
    “Hiz was a chip off the old block,” one police source said.
    NICHOLAS “THE RUSSIAN” RADEV was shot dead years earlier on the orders of crime boss CARL WILLIAMS.
    HIZIR FERMAN effectively served an outlaw apprenticeship under NIK RADEV, a vicious Bulgarian – born drug dealer, nicknamed the Russian.

    “He (HIZIR FERMAN) was afraid of nothing and he had no moral compass,” one detective said.

    Victoria Police suspect it was HIZIR FERMAN who lured Melbourne western suburbs drug dealer MARK MALLIA to a Lalor home in 2003.
    His mate was tortured and murdered on the orders of CARL WILLIAMS before the body was burnt and dumped in a wheelie bin in Sunshine.
    HIZIR FERMAN was charged with the murder but the prosecution was withdrawn before the case made it to trial.
    HIZIR FERMAN had once been loyal to MARK MALLIA, who used FERMAN as part of a hidden security detail when he met CARL WILLIAMS at Southbank.
    It was once rumoured the MARK MALLIA had engaged HIZIR FERMAN to execute ANDREW “BENJI” VENIAMIN, the underworld assassin and one time CARL WILLIAMS bodyguard.
    This plan — if it existed — did not eventuate, and ANDREW VENIAMIN was later shot in a confrontation in a Carlton Crew café in what the court said was self defence by MICK GATTO when he said VENIAMIN pulled a pistol on him.

    HIZIR FERMAN’S last stint in jail came after he was handed a six-year stretch for extortion and making threats to kill a Coburg mechanic.
    “He was just a standover man.
    He thought he was a big shot,” one former prisoner said.
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  12. Abduction and Murder of 13 year old Daniel Morcombe – Please Watch ! – On YouTube – 56.14 mins.

    :Brent Cowan attacked with boiling water in prison / Daniel Morcombe’s killer in hospital – The Courier Mail.

    :Brett Cowan hospitalised in jail attack. – Sky News Australia.

    :Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Cowan attacked by inmate. – The Australian Woman’s Weekly.

    ALSO
    :covert recording of Brett Cowans confession to police – Aussie Criminals – 44mins.
    :Brett Cowan Interview – Aussie Criminals – 22mins.

    :Sunrise – Daniel Morcombe’s funeral – SunriseOn7 – 4.54mins.
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  13. “INMATE ASSAULTS OFFICER” – “PORT PHILLIP PRISON”
    A PRISON Officer has been bashed by an inmate at Port Phillip Prison.
    LIAM GROENEVELD, A 23-year-old maximum-security inmate blindsided the Prison Officer, punching him twice in the head on Wednesday morning.

    The Prison Officer suffered severe bruising to the side of his head and required several stiches.
    Prison Officers were able to restrain the violent inmate.

    GROENEVELD was being held in the Alexander South Ward, waiting for a space in a more secure unit to open up.

    A Port Phillip Prison source said up to 40 prisoners are waiting to be moved to high-security wards.
    “These management inmates should have been relocated weeks ago,” the prison source said.
    The source said the inmates were not moved due to budget concerns for the private prison operator, G4S.
    “G4S would lose money (by providing more beds) and Corrections Victoria is hamstrung by an inflexible contract ” the Port Phillip Prison source said.
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    images for Port Phillip Prison – Goggle.

    :Neil Mitchell tours Port Phillip Prison – On YouTube- 3AWRadio – 2014. – Matilda High Security Unit. – 4.57mins.
    :Blair Cottrell – Speaking from Port Phillip Prison (as an inmate) – 2016 – 5.53mins.

    :Long Bay Correctional Facility – Part 1 – 8.25mins. – 1985. – Insight prisoners grievances into the Conditions in the jail wings of High Security Protection Units in the old Australian jails of the 1980’s & 1990’s.
    :Long Bay Correctional Facility – Part 2 – 9.19mins. – 1985.
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  14. “JAILED TO THE MAX”
    “BARWON HOUSES NEW CELLS FOR OUR MOST DANGEROUS”

    A SUPER Maximum-security unit to lock up feared gang members, bikies, underworld figures and the state’s most violent criminals is ready to be opened in Victoria.

    The Herald Sun can reveal the $35 million state-of-the-art facility built at H.M.Barwon Prison will house up to 40 inmates deemed the most dangerous or at-risk of being attacked.

    Inmates will be held inside cells for up to 23 hours a day.
    And 20 isolation cells have been built with small private exercise yards for inmates deemed too high-risk to interact with other prisoners.

    Victorian Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard said there are more than 100 inmates currently on the major offenders list, many who could be transferred to the new unit after it opens on August 22, 2016.
    “This provides us with secure and contained accommodation for those prisoners that present the highest risk in any prison system,” she said.

    Funding for the facility was provided in 2014 under the Napthine government.
    It followed the slaying of gangland figure Carl Williams in the Barwon Prison maximum- Acacia High Security Unit by fellow inmate Matthew Johnson armed with part of an exercise bike in 2010.

    Corrections Minister Steve Herbert said inmates would include gang members as well as prisoners with extremely violent histories.
    “These prisoners simply can’t mix with other prisoners,” Mr Herbert said.
    Specialist Prison Officers have also been in from across the state to run the new super security wing named Olearia.

    Entertainment in the unit will be sparse, with inmates given small TVs encased in clear plastic to ensure contraband cannot be stashed inside.
    If inmates behave well, Corrections deputies will approve visits with other inmates and use the prison canteen.
    All inmates will be watched 24 hours a day.

    Victoria’s prison population now hovers around 6600 inmates.
    Corrections Victoria say high-risk inmates account for 3 per cent of the prison population.

    :Sourced from The Herald Sun Newspaper – Thursday, August 11, 2016 – Pictures of new High Security Olearia Unit on HeraldSun.com.au – Alexandra.white@news.com.au
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  15. “PRISON RIOT KIDNAP LINK”
    “ACCUSED TEEN IN OUTBURST, STAFF SAY”

    A TEENAGER accused of kidnapping a little girl in the back of a stolen BMW has been linked to a to riot in a youth jail.
    The 18-year-old was among a group alleged to have armed with a metal bar and “shivs” — makeshift prison knives — during an outburst at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre on Monday.

    The riot was one of a number of violent incidents at the centre this week.

    On Sunday,a female prison worker, was struck when she tried to break up a scuffle, in which two men attacked another inmate.

    On Monday, 11 men bashed another young inmate, who was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
    The Department of Health and Human Services said the inmate hasn’t been badly hurt.
    Prison workers have said they feel powerless to stop young men inmates who are “out of control” and they fear someone will die if more is not done to tighten security.

    Monday’s riot came just four days after the teenager accused of stealing the BMW was taken into custody.
    He now faces charges including child stealing and kidnapping.

    Early last Thursday, a BMW with a five-year-old girl sitting in the back seat was stolen, leading to a huge manhunt. The child was driven 40km from her Wyndham Vale home before being rescued after the stolen car was dumped in Norlane in Geelong.

    The 18-year-old was expected to face court tomorrow on Friday August 26, 2016.

    Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre workers have reported that on Monday morning,four youths in the admissions unit barricaded themselves in a kitchen, smashing property and threating staff.
    The three inmates were armed with sharpened metal rails from inside kitchen drawers, witnesses said.
    “They threatened staff over two to three hours … they smashed everything,” one officer said.
    “He (the 18-year-old inmate) was walking around with a big metal pole, a volleyball net pole, and threatening staff.
    “Then he armed up with a metal blade (and) he was sharpening it up.”

    Those inmates involved in the riot were placed in isolation.

    The Department of Health and Human Services said the kitchen was damaged, and the four inmates headed to an exercise yard, where staff negotiated an end to the situation.

    It said Police had been notified of all three incidents.

    Victoria Police’s Leonie Johnson said police had been called to reports of an assault at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre on Monday, August 22, 2016.

    Another male inmate, aged 19, now faces assault – related charges.
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  16. “PRISON OFFICER HIT WITH BOILING WATER”

    A PRISON Officer had boiling water poured over his head by a notorious ‘PRISONER OF WAR’ Gang member inside Port Phillip Prison.
    The criminal associate of MATTHEW CHARLES JOHNSON, who cannot be named for legal reasons, then attacked two prison officers as they tried to restrain him in the high security Charlotte Unit of the maximum security prison.

    Ambulance Officers treated the Prison Officer for serious burns to his face and neck.
    He didn’t need hospital treatment.
    A prison source said this is the inmate’s forth violent attack at Port Phillip Prison.

    Corrections Victoria confirmed that the prisoner has been transferred to H.M.Barwon Prison, which holds MATTHEW JOHNSON, the killer of CARL WILLIAMS.

    “The prisoner involved in the incident has been transferred to a different prison”, said Corrections Victoria spokesman Michael Gleeson.
    Security company G4S operates Port Phillip Prison under contract to Justice Victoria.

    G4S did not respond to the Herald Sun when asked about the incident of the Prison Officers assault.
    Port Phillip Prison, Victoria’s largest Maximum-Security Prison facility, houses more than 1000 inmates.

    Earlier this week, in another scandal at Port Phillip Prison, a Prison Officer was stood down after allegedly tampering with inmates milk.
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  17. “REMAND PAIN FOR 2 YEARS”

    WORKS on MELBOURNE REMAND PRISON, prompted by the state’s biggest riot, will run for a year longer than originally planned after the upgrade was expanded this year.

    The State Government confirmed the deadline for the project has been moved to mid -2018 after the upgrade was quietly increased to — ‘$95 million in the April 2016 state Government budget.’

    The project started after — ‘400 inmates’ caused $12 million damage to the Metropolitan Remand Centre in last year’s nine-hour siege over smoking bans.

    Six months after the riot, a — ‘$52 million upgrade was unveiled, including repairs, more staff and concrete internal fences to be completed by mid 2017.
    However, the April budget revealed an additional — ‘$43 million of works, including new beds, which would push the deadline back to mid 2018.

    Victoria Police cells have been overflowing with hundreds of inmates awaiting trial since the MRC (Melbourne Remand Centre) was left at reduced capacity during the riot repair work.

    Matt Macklin, a spokesman for Corrections Minister Steve Herbert, said the damage had been repaired and “more substantial work is under way to upgrade safety and security”.

    He would not comment on whether the extension would leave inmates in police cells for longer.
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  18. “KNIGHT A VEXATIOUS LITIGANT”

    HODDLE St killer JULIAN KNIGHT has been declared a vexatious litigant for life.

    The Victorian State Government has been fighting since 2014 to extend KNIGHT’S vexatious litigant status in a bid to put a stop to court challenges that have cost taxpayers more than ‘$400,000’ .

    Supreme Court judge Justice Jack Forrest yesterday extended the status indefinitely, meaning
    JULIAN KNIGHT must seek permission to bring any new legal proceedings.

    But whether it stops his regular court appearances is to be seen.

    In the decade since he was first declared a vexatious litigant, KNIGHT has launched dozens of legal from prison, fighting for improved prison conditions, cheaper cigarettes, a computer, a Sony PlayStation.

    Since 2004 he has initiated over 40 applications for leave to bring proceedings, 30 of which were knocked back.
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    More on the extensive history of Julian Knight, below who was convicted and sentence to 27years non-parole and became eligible for parole in 2014, for his crime of which he went out with some high powered semi automatic firearms and ammunition and cowardly hunted and ambushed innocent people just going about their normal daily lives. Whereby Knight murdered 7 people and injured 19 people during his deadly planned coward shooting massacre on Hoddle Street Clifton Hill on Sunday 9 August 1987.
    During his time in prison. JULIAN KNIGHT has obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Deakin University. He has majored in strategic and defence studies, and completed sub majors in international relations, political studies, journalism and psychology. He has also taken prison education studies courses in information technology, hospitality, engineering, horticulture, cleaning, fitness and first aid. In 2000 in H.M.Barwon Prison, Knight found a fellow prisoner who hanged himself, and tried to revive him. He later had three days taken of his sentence for meritorious conduct. Despite being eligible for parole in 2014, the Victorian Parliament passed the Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2014 to ensure that Julian Knight would never be eligible for parole unless “the parole board is satisfied that he is in imminent danger of death or seriously incapacitated and as a result that he lacks the capacity to harm another…
    In February 2003, prior to him being declared a Vexatious Litigant in 2004, it was estimated the many legal challenges by Julian Knight had cost the Victorian Government over $250,000 and approximately $128,000 had been spent since October 2001 on external legal advice to deal with Knight’s legal appeals and Freedom Of Information requests.
    On 19 October 2004, Julian Knight was barred from launching any further legal action in Victoria’s courts for 10 years with a judge declaring him a Vexatious Litigant. He was only the 13th person to be declared a vexatious litigant in Victoria since 1930, and the first prisoner. Julian Knight is still able to make requests under the Freedom Of Information Act.
    On 19 June 2008, Julian Knight made a submission to the Victorian Parliament Law Reform Committee’s Inquiry into Vexatious Litigants.
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    Images for Julian Knight – Google…
    And – YouTube – Documentaries and information on Julian Knight…

    :Hoddle Street 1988 – On YouTube – Full Documentary – A detailed account of the infamous shooting on Hoddle Street Clifton Hill, Melbourne, which occurred on the evening of Sunday, 9 August 1987. – 1hr.22mins.

    :Hoddle Street Massacre (Aug 1987) – ABC Television News, 7.00pm, Monday, August 10, 1987, reporting on the previous day’s shootings in Hoddle Street Clifton Hill. – 9.15mins.

    :Crimes That Shook Australia SO2E07 Hoddle Street Massacre – 44mins.

    :Remembering Hoddle Street – Marking 20 years since one of Victoria’s darkest hours – The Hoddle Street Massacre on 9 August 1987. – 3mins.

    :Tess Lawrence on Julian Knight and Hoddle Street Massacre – Independent Australia – Tess Lawrence interviewed by Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National breakfast, Thursday 9 August 2007- The 20th Anniversary of the Hoddle Street Massacre. – 8.30mins
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  19. “JAILBIRDS ARE ‘OUT’ ON STRIKE”
    “PRISON WORK REFUSED AS PAY RISE SOUGHT
    ‘PRISONERS MATTHEW JOHNSON – FRANK MADAFFERI – PASQUALE BARBARO – TONY MOKBEL’

    PRISONERS at Victoria’s most secure prison, have gone out on strike to demand more pay.

    Some inmates at maximum security H.M. Barwon Prison want a better deal and have been refusing to work since last week.

    Management at the jail, near Geelong, yesterday took action of their own, confining those prisoners refusing to work under new arrangements to their cells.

    The situation had been,at times, tense and that those prisoners locked down were being allowed out of their cells on a rotation basis.

    Specialist Prison Officers from the Security and Emergency Management Services Group were on standby in case of trouble at the prison, which houses killers, armed robbers, terrorists and gangland figures and mafia figures.

    Prisoners in Victoria are paid between $6.50 and $8.95 per day.
    It is unclear who are the ringleaders of the Barwon Prison industrial action.
    Among the high-profile inmates are drug trafficking bosses Tony Mokbel, Frank Madafferi and Pasquale Barbaro and Matthew Johnson, the inmate who murdered underworld king-pin drug trafficker Carl Williams.

    Inmates are paid at three levels, determined by the level of responsibility required, complexity of tasks, the hours and skills.
    Their tasks can include gardening, maintenance, laundry, kitchen catering ,woodworking,metal working and textile jobs.

    The H.M..Marngoneet Prison, near Barwon, was last year placed on lockdown as prisoners protested for better pay.

    H.M.Barwon Prison, which is at Lara, near Geelong, is regarded as the most secure prison in the State of Victoria’s Correctional system.
    It has an operational capacity of 448 inmates.
    Authorities are confident the issues at Barwon will not degenerate into mayhem which gripped the H.M. Melbourne Remand Centre at Ravenhall near Melbourne in July 2015.
    Leading to widespread destruction and assaults.

    A spokesman for Corrections Victoria said Barwon Prison had new employment arrangements which had already been instigated at other Victorian Prisons.

    All sentenced prisoners in Victoria, unless too old or physically unable, are expected to be employed.
    “Work provides skills to help prisoners find jobs when they are released from custody”, the Corrections Victoria spokesman said.
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    :Images for Matthew Johnson. – On Goggle.
    :Images for Frank Madafferi.
    :Images for Pasquale Barbaro
    :Images for Tony Mokbel.
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  20. For some reason unknown to me, I had been removed from WordPress – Aussie Criminals – Post Comments. Also several long posts on the Victorian Prisons that I have posted, have just vanished. They appeared on this page, then were removed. After being subject to awaiting moderation. I have rejoined WordPress again, but still all my posts have vanished. Someone or WordPress must be removing them for some reason. And I cannot retrieve them, to re-post them again?

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  21. “EXCLUSIVE TEEN INMATES MORE VIOLENT THAN ADULT PRISONERS”
    ‘JAIL DEATH TRAP’

    STAFF at a Victorian youth prison are at risk of being killed by it’s violent inmates, a shocking new WorkSafe report reveals.

    Some workers at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre believe it is more dangerous than an adult jail, and female staff are regularly threatened with rape, the Herald Sun has been told.

    The report backs staff claims that the prison is in the grip of a frightening wave of thuggery.
    A WorkSafe Inspector visited Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre, near Kyneton, this week after complaints of daily assaults on staff.
    The Inspector’s urgent report noted that last month alone saw 41 reported incidents of violence towards staff members and another 20 “stress-related” incidents.

    Staff say an influx of violent young gang members is making the job even more perilous.
    Inmates stage fights to assault staff who intervene .
    One warder found a released teen brandishing a baseball bat on his front lawn at night.

    In the WorkSafe report, seen by the Herald Sun, the Inspector writes:
    “Employee’ health and safety is at risk of serious or fatal injuries due to the amount of attacks and assaults on staff members occurring at this location.”

    WorkSafe has served an improvement notice on The Department of Health and Human Services, (DHHS) stating it must introduce safe systems of work, including appropriate staff levels,or risk prosecution.

    The DHHS told the Herald Sun that it treated staff safety with the “utmost seriousness”.
    But Community and Public Sector Union occupational health and safety officer Carl Marsich said the level of trouble in August 2016 was just part of an alarming long-term trend.

    He said staff turnover and sick leave at the centre, in central Victoria, were high.
    “This is ongoing. The abuse and the assaults and the shivs (makeshift prison made knives – weapons) continue,” he said.
    “But there’s ways to tackle it if you’re committed.”
    Mr Marsich agreed with staff complaints that working at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre had now become more dangerous than at an adult jail.
    “It’s worse than (an adult) jail,” Mr Marsich said. “In a jail, they’ve got greater control. They’ve got greater discipline.”

    He said one worker was threatened with a stabbing and verbally abused recently after trying to establish “basic client boundaries”.
    He said the matter was reported to police but that staff member had to continue supervising the same youth for two weeks, until a colleague was attacked.
    “A search was conducted of the threatening inmates room after the assault and two shivs were found.
    “He the youth inmate stated that the shivs were intended to be used to attack (the staff member who set the boundaries), Mr Marsich from the CPSU Union said.
    Sourced Friday,September 9, 2016 from the Herald Sun newspaper – mark.buttler@news.com.au
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  22. “KID JAIL CHAOS”
    “EXCLUSIVE ARMED YOUTHS RUN RIOT AND ATTACK GUARDS LEAVING EXPENSIVE CLEAN – UP BILL”

    TERRIFIED Staff barricaded themselves inside an office as armed teenage inmates rioted at the state of Victoria’s main youth jail at the weekend.

    The rampage — the latest in a succession of such frightening incidents — prompted calls for an inquiry.
    And the union of the Youth Justice Centre’s workers claimed the juvenile detention system was in crisis.

    Melbourne Youth Justice Centre staff, who tried to save four inmates from an attack by more than 10 other inmates, found themselves in the firing line.
    They fled to an office area and blocked the door with furniture as the mob of inmates tried to break in.
    Sources say the mob of inmates, armed with makeshift weapons, then dug out workers’ personal details from an administration section of the prison.

    Saturday night’s violence left smashed windows, damaged doors, and broken locks in the Westgate Unit.
    The bedlam at Parkville Youth Justice Centre, came days after the Herald Sun revealed a WorkSafe report had exposed alarming risks to staff at another, the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre.

    The Herald Sun has been told:
    INMATE Vandalism has caused millions of dollars damage at Youth Detention Centres in the past year.
    POLICE are at times not told of the serious crimes committed by inmate detainees.

    A MEETING of concerned staff heard assaults on those working in secure welfare were up more than 20 per cent.

    Despite Saturday night’s violence, threats and damage, the Community and Public Sector Union said that it had been left to the union, not DHHS management, to notify police on Sunday morning.
    And management had been forced to offer inducements to persuade the inmate rioters to end the mayhem and go to bed.
    “It’s a debacle,” the union’s Julian Kennelly said. “This needs a full inquiry. The gangs are running the place.”
    Mr Kennelly said some Units should be cleared so a major search could be made for weapons and contraband.
    He said the youths justice system was in crisis, and the danger was not just to staff but to more vulnerable youths.
    “God help the new kids going in there. Clients are under threat. It’s ridiculous”.

    A Victoria Police spokesman said police had been notified of an incident in which a number of inmates had caused a disturbance and damaged property.
    “Staff were able to control the situation and police were advised after the fact.” the police spokesman said.

    Staff say that on Friday night, louts in balaclavas had been outside the Parkville Youth Justice Centre, letting off firecrackers and flares, in apparent support of the inmates.
    “Free da boys,” they shouted, according to prison staff.

    A spokesman for The Department of Health and Human Services said that a number of clients had been involved in incidents at one unit at the Parkville centre.
    “The unit was locked down while staff took control of the incident. Police were not required to attend; however they have been notified,” the DHHS spokeswoman said.
    “No injuries have been reported and the department is taking steps to assist staff,” she said.
    “As with all incidents of this type, an operational debrief and internal review will be completed.”

    WorkSafe spokesman Peter Flaherty said: “We’ve been advised of an incident. We will be making inquiries.”
    The WorkSafe report on the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre, in central Victoria, found staff were at risk of death or serious injury in the attacks that were occurring at a rate of more than one a day.

    The Department of Health and Human Services has been told to introduce safe systems, including
    appropriate staff levels, or ‘risk prosecution’.

    Sourced from Herald Sun Newspaper – Monday, September 12, 2016 – mark.buttler@news.co.au
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  23. “YOUTHS ON RAMPAGE”

    TROUBLE erupted for the third successive night at a major Youth Detention Centre when more property was damaged by inmates.

    Several teenagers inmates rampaged through the Southbank Unit of the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre on Monday night.
    Some rooms were trashed, doors damaged and windows smashed as those inmates involved tried to break into an office.

    On Saturday night, staff had to barricade themselves in an office as a group of youths inmates went on a rampage in the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre’s Westgate Unit.
    They had earlier attacked three detainees.
    Other rooms, also in Westgate Unit, were damaged in a disturbance on Sunday night.

    The Herald Sun revealed last Thursday that there were concerns for the safety of staff at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre in central Victoria.
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  24. “SPIT HOOD YOUTH NOT PAROLED”
    DYLAN VOLLER, who became the symbol of atrocious mistreatment in Northern Territory juvenile justice prison after being pictured restrained in a chair wearing a spit hood, has had his application for parole knocked back.

    Justice Steve Southwood, chairman of the Northern Territory Parole Board, confirmed that VOLLER, who has since turned 18 and is now held in the adult prison in Darwin, had been denied parole.

    The treatment of DYLAN VOLLER and other children inmates by guards in Darwin’s maximum-security Don Dale Detention Centre led to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling a royal commission into child protection and youth detention in the Northern Territory.

    “The Parole Board of the Northern Territory has refused DYLAN VOLLER’S application for parole,”
    the judge said in a statement to the Herald Sun, adding that the board would not disclose it’s reasons.

    Sourced from Herald Sun newspaper – Friday, September 16, 2016.
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  25. “4 TEENS HELD OVER CAR CHASE”

    FOUR TEENAGERS were arrested following a dramatic police pursuit in Melbourne’s northeast yesterday.
    Police cars and a helicopter chased the quartet, allegedly driving a stolen Jeep on Plenty Road in Kingsbury around 1pm after a spate of burglaries.

    A Victoria Police helicopter tracked the vehicle while police officers on the ground deployed stop sticks to end the pursuit.
    A Victoria Police spokesman could not specify how long the pursuit lasted, but said no one was injured.

    One 15-year-old from Preston, another from Mill Park, a 14-year-old from Diamond Creek and a 16-year-old from Epping were apprehended near the McKimmies Road – Garden Grove Drive intersection.
    The teenagers were being interviewed by police yesterday afternoon.
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  26. In the news – :Teen thugs in Melbourne Youth Justice Centre are angry after an inmate received special treatment – Herald Sun, Google for Full story… and Special Editorial – Law & Order – James Dowling and Mark Buttler, Herald Sun September 19 2016. http://www.heraldsun.com.aujames.dowling2@news.com.au

    DANGEROUS teen thugs inside a notorious youth detention centre are acting up after it emerged an inmate received preferential treatment in a bid to curb his violent behaviour.
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