Smoking bans in prisons send inmates up the wall
TWO Queensland prisons were in lockdown last night and police negotiators were called in with prisoners reportedly protesting the newly instigated smoking bans by taking to the roof.
All Queensland correctional centres went smoke free on Monday, with Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie praising corrective and health services for "working hard all year to ensure a smooth transition to the new, healthier, policy" earlier in the morning.
Reports of a lock-down at Arthur Gorrie at Wacol began filtering through just before 4pm. Fairfax Media understands the two prisoners who took to the roof are protesting over food and access to the exercise oval.
Just before 6pm, a spokeswoman for Justice and Corrective Services confirmed officers were "currently responding to incidents involving prisoners on roof at two privately-run Queensland correctional centres".
Five prisoners protested on the roof of the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre near Gatton, with two prisoners on the roof at Arthur Gorrie.