Labor’s New Era Approach Is Soft On Crime

Labor’s New Era Approach Is Soft On Crime

Northern Territory Shadow Minister for Corrections John Elferink

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Last night’s attempted break from Berrimah Prison has raised concerns that Labor’s ‘new era’ of Corrections is putting Therapy ahead of Prisoner Control.

Shadow Corrections Minister, John Elferink, said while the Four Prisoners involved failed to clear the Perimeter Fence, the breach was unacceptable and must not be allowed to happen again.

“Last week I raised in Parliament the fact that Prison Officers have had their handcuffs taken away and shackle points have been removed at Berrimah.” Mr. Elferink said.

“Labor has taken a softer line with offenders and Prisoners in recent times, a worrying development from a Government that has a history of being soft on Crime.”

“I hope last night’s attempted break was unrelated to these changes and that prisoners don’t think the ‘new era’ in corrections means the facility is becoming a soft touch.” Mr. Elferink said.

“Prisons are still necessarily about containment and control. That needs to be a priority and despite all his talk about ‘new eras’, it is imperative that Minister Gerry McCarthy doesn’t forget this.” Mr. Elferink said.