Union: Booming jail population puts officers at risk

A BOOMING jail population has put Queensland prison officers in harm's way as tensions behind the bars continue to rise, a union has warned.

Government data shows Queensland's prison population has grown 13.43 per cent in the past year, from 6344 in July 2013 to 7196 last month.

United Voice prisons co-ordinator Michael Clifford said staffing levels had not kept pace with the increasing prisoner numbers.

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Fairfax Media attempted to verify the union's claim with the state government, which was given more than 24 hours to provide staffing numbers.

Instead, a Queensland Corrective Services spokeswoman provided a non-answer: "Queensland Corrective Services consistently matches resources to risk, ensuring appropriate staffing levels across its centres," she said in a statement.

Read more at Brisbane Times


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