Stiffer penalties for dishonest prison officers

Stiffer penalties for dishonest prison officers

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, says the government is moving to have penalties increased for prison officers who are found guilty of accepting bribes and trafficking contraband.

Stuart was giving his contribution during debate on the Miscellaneous Provisions Law Enforcement Officers Bill 2019 in the House of Representatives, yesterday afternoon.

Minister Young said prison inmates who engage in illegal acts will also be targeted.

His statement comes over one month after a se­nior prison of­fi­cer at the Max­i­mum Se­cu­ri­ty Prison was sent on  on im­me­di­ate leave. He was suspected of giving contra­band to a pris­on­er.