Serious Prison Assaults Happening Every Three Days

Queensland prisoner is either seriously physically or sexually assaulted in jail every three days, figures from the Department of Corrective Services show.

A Queensland prisoner is either seriously physically or sexually assaulted in jail every three days, government figures show.Between January this year and the end of September, 100 serious assaults were recorded in Queensland jails, working out to one physical or sexual assault every three days.

The targeted inmates needed either overnight hospitalisation or ongoing medical care.

There were also more than 600 lesser assaults where inmates have been injured.

The figures only included assaults that prisoners admitted took place – the “unconfirmed” bashings and rapes were recorded, but those figures were not released to the ABC.

Queensland Corrective Services said it was committed to ensuring a safe and secure prison environment, and that assaults were treated seriously.

“A tough stance is taken against the perpetrators of assaults,” a spokesperson said.

“Correctional officers are highly trained to safely and securely manage prisoner behaviour, and to ensure good order of the prison.”

Queensland criminal lawyer Bill Potts said the State Government had a duty to ensure prisoners were not brutalised.

“I have had prisoners sexually assaulted and come into court covered in bruises and bite marks and shaking,” Mr Potts said.

“It’s in fact a searing indictment upon the state of our prisons in the state.”

Potts Lawyers represent clients who have been assaulted in jail or experienced other assaults & violent offences.