MORE MOBILES AND WEAPONS INSIDE NSW PRISONS

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More than 110 mobile phones were found inside NSW prisons in just the first four months of this year– along with dangerous weapons including a glove gun, tomahawk, slingshots and ammunition.

Corrections officers uncovered 112 mobile phones between January and April this year- that is already 31 more than the entire total for 2016 - potentially giving terrorists and hardened criminals access to the outside world. 

According for Freedom of Information documents obtained by NSW Labor, 44 electronic devices including mobile phones were found at Goulburn Correctional Centre – a SuperMax which houses terrorists and gang leaders.

Inmate Brothers 4 Life gang member Bassam Hamzy was found with two mobile phones in separate incidents there last year and is being investigated by national security agencies following his conversion to radical Islam. The convicted killer was moved from Lithgow Jail in 2008 after he was caught making almost 500 calls a day on a contraband mobile phone while running a high-level drug operation.

More than 50 SIM cards were also discovered along with almost 100 USB drives in a sweep of the state’s prisons.

The state’s prisons are also a hotbed of violence with a whopping 1,535 assaults between December 2016 and April 2017. That includes 357 in March when the prison population reached its highest number in two decades.

Silverwater Correctional Centre has the dubious honour of being the most violent in the state with 212 assaults between inmates and the highest number of attacks on correctional officers.

Quotes attributable to Opposition Leader Luke Foley 

“The Corrections Minister has dropped the ball on keeping contraband out of NSW prisons – and keeping the community safe. 

“The Berejiklian Government needs to act now to stop these lines of communication between criminals inside and outside prison walls. 

“I’m shocked that convicted killers and terror leaders are able to access mobile phones so easily. What will it take for the Berejiklian Government and Minister Elliott to intervene?"