council for civil liberties supports opposition call for prison inquiry after days of rioting

Monday, 22 April 2002 NSWCCL media release: 3/2002


NSW Council for Civil Liberties President, Mr Cameron Murphy, today supported the State Opposition calls for an immediate inquiry into the NSW prison system. 

Mr Murphy said: 

"There have been days of brutal rioting and it must stop." 

"It is a pressure cooker." 

"On a daily basis, prisoners are having their basic human rights violated." 

"It is surprising that they are rioting. The pressure has to come out somewhere." 

"I understand the frustration." 

"The current Bob Carr led Government had made a virtue of achieving record prisoner numbers, locking up thousands and opening new prisons in country towns." 

"With the 2003 State election less than a year away, it is too easy for politicians to be entices into a law and order auction." 

"The Carr Government has a tendency to endorse quick brutal measures rather than looking at the long solutions based on rehabilitation." 

"This is why I am supporting the Opposition call for an inquiry into the prison system." 

"It is time we let prisoners tell us what it is really like in NSW prisons. It definitely is not a picnic." 

For further information contact: 
Cameron Murphy, 
NSWCCL President 
0411 769 769