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Prisoner Support and Treatment

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN ( 14:54 ): My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services: does the minister accept that there is a strong correlation between prison overcrowding and the increase in violent incidents occurring in prisons?

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety) ( 14:55 ): No, I do not.

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN ( 14:55 ): Minister, the number of prisoner-on-prisoner assaults have increased by just under 3 per cent over the last four years, and the number of prisoner assaults on officers have doubled over the past three years. Does the minister concede that these figures indicate that the minister is incorrect?

The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety) ( 14:55 ): No, I do not.

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