Prisons have become more
dangerous in South Australia due to a 73 per cent increase in
the amount of bikies jailed over the past five years, State
Police Minister Peter Malinauskas has admitted.
Mr Malinauskas said the increased
number of incarcerated bikies has meant additional resources
were required within the prisons and it had created "unique
challenges" for the system.
This includes complications
surrounding contraband, visitation rights, and which bikies can
interact with others.
"There are occasional acts of
violence that occur within the prison system," Mr Malinauskas
"These need to be prevented as
best as they possibly can. The good news is, whenever a bikie is
behind bars, it means they're not in the community.
"It's far better to have
these organised crime elements in jail, rather than in the
community committing crimes."
But Mr Malinauskas said the 73
per cent increase of jailed bikies was proof that amended laws
10 gangs as criminal organisations in 2015
It enabled police to target
Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members in special operations,
led to the closure of some bikie
and banned members from meeting or wearing club colours in
"That's made a substantial
contribution to less crimes on our streets, but also to less
drugs in our community as well," Mr Malinauskas said.
"We've seen a reduction
coinciding over the last two years with the number of people who
are members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.
"That number is down from 308
to 239 over the past two years.
"[But] they don't tend to stop
committing crimes at the prison gate, which is why we have to
work hard to make sure that they are incarcerated at the