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Goulburn Correctional Centre’s maximum security prison report recommends its closure

A damning report has called for the closure of one of NSW’s oldest and most infamous prisons as inmates continued to freeze in their dark and musty cells and groups were regularly divided by race.

A 2021 inspection of the maximum security area of ​​the Goulburn Correctional Centre, which opened in 1884, found the accommodation to be ‘dark, poorly ventilated, susceptible to temperature extremes, no showers and ligature points’.

Ligature points refer to places from which a rope or cord can be hung so that prisoners can injure themselves.

A particularly damning view from the prison showed the four refrigerators that kept the inmates’ food, with plates dividing them into ‘Aussie/Asian’, ‘Koori Yard’, ‘Mixed Yard’ and ‘Leb Yard’.

Inspector Fiona Rafter of NSW Custodial Services on Wednesday released the inspection summary with 36 recommendations for the prison and called for the closure of the maximum security accommodation and yards.

Goulburn CC’s maximum security area is one of the oldest pieces of justice infrastructure in NSW and is no longer fit for purpose, the report said.

“It cannot provide conditions consistent with a modern prison environment that are conducive to the rehabilitation of offenders.

‘House staff do not feel safe to work in this environment and that makes it an unsafe environment for detainees and staff.’

The findings of a 2021 inspection of the (above) maximum security area of ​​the Goulburn Correctional Center have resulted in the property and yard to be closed

The findings of a 2021 inspection of the (above) maximum security area of ​​the Goulburn Correctional Center have resulted in the property and yard to be closed

The report found that the cells of the maximum security zone (above) were

The report found that the cells of the maximum security zone (above) were “dark, poorly ventilated, prone to temperature extremes, did not contain showers and had ligature points”

The report also labeled the center’s grouping system as “discriminatory” as inmates were often grouped according to their race.

“We were told that this approach was introduced in the late 1990s in response to a number of murders that took place on the Goulburn CC yards and were allegedly racially motivated,” the report said.

“Wharf groups dividing inmates on the basis of their race is discriminatory, degrading, degrading and not in line with the values ​​and expectations of the community.”

Detainees also said specific garden groups were treated unfairly.

In one case, the native yard group was confined to outdoor areas with no direct sunlight, while other groups rotated between better yards.

A photo of the maximum-security refrigerator (above) shows which four yard groups the inmates were divided into based on race

A photo of the maximum-security refrigerator (above) shows which four yard groups the inmates were divided into based on race

Members of the native wharf group were reportedly confined to dark areas of the prison wharf (above)

Members of the native wharf group were reportedly confined to dark areas of the prison wharf (above)

The report found that the maximum security accommodation (above) and yards were 'impossible' to redecorate due to age

The report found that the maximum security accommodation (above) and yards were ‘impossible’ to redecorate due to age

The report coincided with the admission of guilt by a former gang boss who stabbed another inmate while locked in a room together in Goulburn’s ‘Supermax’ High Risk Management Correctional Center.

Supermax Prison is a different center than Goulburn CC’s maximum security area, which has been recommended to close.

The report found that neither prison staff nor inmates felt safe inside the aging maximum security facility (above)

The report found that neither prison staff nor inmates felt safe inside the aging maximum security facility (above)

The video shows ex-Chapter of Brothers 4 Life Blacktown, Farhad Qaumi, using a razor blade to repeatedly stab triple murderer Abuzar Sultani on May 20, 2020.

The footage also shows correctional officers seeing the attack through the door.

Qaumi was jailed in 2017 for the execution murder of Joseph Antoun, Sultani’s mentor, and Sultani was jailed later that year for the murder of Pasquale Barbaro, an employee of Brothers 4 Life.

Questions have been raised as to why the guards left the two inmates alone together in a room and why they did not intervene.

“I would always rather see officers come home to their families than find themselves in a situation that puts their lives in danger,” Corrections Secretary Geoff Lee said.

“I always support officers and will ask the Corrective Services Commissioner to review the incident.”

The report coincided with the guilty plea of ​​a former gang boss Farhad Qaumi who stabbed triple murderer Abuzar Sultani while locked in a room together in Goulburn's 'Supermax' High Risk Management Correctional Center (above)

The report coincided with the guilty plea of ​​a former gang boss Farhad Qaumi who stabbed triple murderer Abuzar Sultani while locked in a room together in Goulburn’s ‘Supermax’ High Risk Management Correctional Center (above)

Qaumi pleaded guilty to assault with bodily harm for the brutal attack on Wednesday and was given an additional 19 months on top of his already long sentence.

He will remain behind bars until at least 2056 for his role in the ‘violent underworld disaster’ that broke out in western Sydney at the end of 2013.

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