nsw council for civil liberties condemns premier's comments over nsw prisons

Sunday, 2 June 2002 NSWCCL media release: 6/2002


NSW Council for Civil Liberties President, Mr Cameron Murphy, today condemned Premier Carr for the state of NSW Prisons. 

Mr Murphy said: 

"The Premier today is talking up the huge increase in the prison population in this state instead of looking at rehabilitation and other measures to prevent crime in the first place." 

"The largest prison population in NSW history is not something that we should be proud of." 

"Instead of building new jails we should be putting this money into preventative programs and rehabilitation measures." 

"This government is trying to make a virtue out of how many people it has locked away instead of accepting the responsibility of its failure to address crime." 

"Putting people in jail is the most expensive way of dealing with crime and it only leads to recidivism of criminals. People go in for relatively minor offences and learn how to commit more serious crime when they come out." 

"The large prison increase shows that this government's tough law and order policy is not working - it is not preventing crime, it is just filling our jails, at our expense." 

"We need an inquiry into the increasing prison population and we need to look at new ways to reduce crime before it happens." 

"More prisoners in NSW, and more prisons, means that there is less money to be spent on schools, other education, and health care." 

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