Shocking footage has surfaced from the Australian Parklea Correctional Centre located in Sydney, New South Wales, wherein an inmate showcases himself operating a mobile phone while displaying drugs and weapons for the world to see.
The inmate can heard saying,
“Recording inside of Parklea Correctional Centre. On a day-to-day basis this place is a dead set joke… Right now I’m in my cell, I’ve got a mobile phone. Why have I got a mobile phone? It’s because screws are bringing mobile phones into the jail.”
For the most part, it seems the inmate was intending to expose the horrible upkeep, security, and enforcement occurring in the Australian prison system. He clearly has a lot to get off his chest by internally exposing the cracks in the prison industry. Referring to an older prisoner, the broadcaster says, “Look at this man. Fifty years of jail. Why hasn’t the system fixed him? Why is he still back? … because the system hasn’t had a mobile phone broadcast live in a correctional center.”
This isn’t the first instance of unrest in the Parklea Correctional Centre. Since its opening in 1983, the correctional facility has seen riots on two separate occasions in ’87 and ’90 for unspecified reasons. Designated as a maximum security prison in 2001, Parklea is a privately-owned prison managed by GEO Group Australia as of 2009, an Australian subsidiary of American company The GEO Group Inc.
Recent proponents for prison reform have mentioned the inadequacy of privately run correctional facilities, often arguing that companies seek to profit from the incarceration of individuals rather than the rehabilitation thereof. In 2001, the Bureau of Justice Assistance released a study which strongly suggested that private facilities were insufficiently staffed. Assaults on guards by inmates are 49% more frequent in private facilities than in their public counterparts. Inmate-on-inmate violence was also found to be 65% more frequent in private facilities.
The private prison system has its weak points and some of its facilities are in desperate need of reformation and proper staffing. But are privately owned prisons inherently wrong or should overgeneralizations on this matter be withheld and instead deal with facility-related issues on a case-by-case basis? Let us know what you think in the comments below.