Media Release

04 April 2018

O’Donohue: Crime doesn’t stop behind bars

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Crime doesn’t stop behind bars

Under Daniel Andrews, criminals don’t stop committing crimes when they’re in jail, they just keep on going.

The recently released Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) data for crime in Victoria’s prisons and youth justice facilities show crimes committed behind bars have risen by 1,017 since 2014. This is an increase of 131%.

These crimes include assaulting and injuring prison staff, rioting, smuggling of drugs and assaulting other prisoners.

Under Daniel Andrews, more than twice as many crimes are being committed in prisons than they were when he took office in 2014.

This data confirms what Victorians already know, our justice system is a shambles under Daniel Andrews.

Rising crime whilst in custody not only disrupts the management of the system, it’s an enormous diversion of police resources from front line activities to fixing Daniel Andrews’ mess.

Victorians want their police engaged with the community, solving and preventing crime, not playing back up jailers because the corrections and youth justice ministers are incapable of doing their jobs.

Attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, Edward O’Donohue:

“Daniel Andrews has lost control of our justice system.

“Whether it’s bail, parole, sentencing or keeping order in our prisons, Daniel Andrews has failed at them all.

“There is no respect for the law under Daniel Andrews, he’s simply too weak to keep control.

“Only the Liberal Nationals will introduce the tough on crime laws to strengthen our justice system and restore respect.”

Attributable to Shadow Minister for Families and Children, Georgie Crozier:

“Under Daniel Andrews violent youth thugs who commit armed robbery are treated like naughty kids, not criminals.

“We need a youth justice system that keeps the community safe and doesn’t allow violent youth thugs to terrorise and harm.

“Daniel Andrews has lost control of youth justice with more violent riots in our youth justice system than any other time in Victoria’s history.

“There should be consequences for any breaches by young offenders in youth justice, not more excuses like we keep getting from Daniel Andrews.”

Background:

The below data from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency shows the increase in criminal offences committed in Victorian justice centres including youth justice.

 

Jan to Dec 2014 Jan to Dec 2017 Increase since 2014 % CHG. 2014
Barwon Prison 54 105 51 94.4%
Beechworth Correctional Centre 6 7 1 16.7%
Dame Phyllis Frost Centre 34 17 -17 -50.0%
Dhurringile Prison 65 55 -10 -15.4%
Fulham Correctional Centre 129 302 173 134.1%
Hopkins Correctional Centre 98 185 87 88.8%
Judy Lazarus Transition Centre 0 2 2 200.0%
Langi Kal Kal Prison 20 22 2 10.0%
Loddon Prison 47 98 51 108.5%
Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre 37 106 69 186.5%
Marngoneet Correctional Centre 57 116 59 103.5%
Melbourne Assessment Prison 34 122 88 258.8%
Melbourne Youth Justice Centre 13 252 239 1838.5%
Metropolitan Remand Centre 72 182 110 152.8%
Port Phillip Prison 98 161 63 64.3%
Ravenhall Correctional Centre 0 3 3 300.0%
Tarrengower Prison 3 0 -3 -100.0%
Total 779 1,796 1,017 130.6%


(Source: Victorian Crime Statistics Agency)