Bikie brawl prompts call to fix
chronic prison overcrowding
A violent bikie brawl
inside Queensland’s largest jail has sparked calls to finally address the
state’s chronic and increasing prison overcrowding problem.
understood to be from rivals the Bandidos and the Mongols, clashed on Sunday
at Woodford Correctional Centre, triggering a lockdown of the section in
Eleven prisoners were involved in the melee
and several needed treatment for cuts and bruises but there were no serious
injuries, according to Queensland Corrective Services
A QCS source, who did
not wish to be named, told Fairfax Media Bandidos and Mongols faced off and
the fight triggered a higher-level response, which meant all available
prison officers were called to break it up
A QCS spokesman
confirmed bikies were involved but stressed not all involved were bikie gang
“This was an
isolated incident and not part of a wider problem at the centre,” a QCS
spokesman said in a statement.
Correctional Centre manages many people from many different groups and
appropriate strategies are in place to handle any issues that might
The flare-up came as Queensland’s prison
overcrowding problem continued to escalate.
prison in Queensland is significantly above capacity, with the crowding
getting worse in all prisons except the Brisbane Correctional Centre,
which shed almost 80 prisoners since September 18.