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September 7, 2017

THE closure of Grafton Jail dominated the Upper House inquiry into NSW jail downsizing and closures.

Christian Democrat Member of the Legislative Council and select committee chair Paul Green said it wasn't surprising most of the submissions came from Grafton following...

September 7, 2017

SECURITY and cleanliness at the Tamworth Correctional Centre were two issues under scrutiny during a visit from a NSW Department of Corrective Services delegation yesterday.

The centre’s governor and North West region superintendent John Heffernan said a delegation visi...

September 2, 2017

GRAFTON jail's hiring of casual workers straight from the local community is welcome news, but smacks of desperation, claims a former governor of the jail.

The NSW Department of Justice has placed classified advertisements in The Daily Examiner calling for "highly motiv...

September 2, 2017

THE new jail for Grafton heralds a golden time for the city say politicians, while those closer to coal face warn of a sting in the tail in the public/private partnership side of the announcement.

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson says the jail is the icing on the...

September 2, 2017

LAST week I was reading the newspaper over breakfast when I almost choked on my cornflakes.

The caption staring at me read "Prison sickies: Rise in jail escapes blamed on alarming staff shortages".

After 30 years with NSW Corrections, I am quite aware of staff sick leave...

August 30, 2017

The first intake was delivered into One Wing at the jail, which had been criticised as being too old at the time of the downsizing.

"All the places which have been opened up for prisoners have been refurbished to bring them up to the adequate security requirements," the...

August 30, 2017

THIS week is the lead-up to the first NSW Corrective Services “Corrections Day”. The department is finally setting aside a day to recognise the work undertaken by correctional staff. It is believed this day, to be held on Friday, is now earmarked to become an annual ev...

August 30, 2017

THE last governor of Grafton Jail has ridiculed a push to give drug-addicted prisoners access to a needle exchange program, saying it was tantamount to guards surrendering to the illegal flow of ice and heroin.

John Heffernan saw more than his fair share of violence and...

August 30, 2017

AUSTRALIA’S juvenile justice system, ­nationally, is unravelling. In the past few months incarcerated juveniles have rioted in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria, with serious incidents in the Northern Territory.

So bad is the situation in Victoria the governmen...

August 30, 2017

In this article I was critical of the parole changes implemented by the previous NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith. It was obvious that the changes were based entirely on economic reasons, his focus was to empty our prisons (and close them) regardless of the risk to the...

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