Hakea Prison. Picture: Lee Griffith

Hundreds of limit confidence prisoners have had their video diversion consoles nude from a cells after inmates during Hakea Prison were held personally accessing a internet with a devices.

The Statewide anathema was systematic by Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis on Thursday after guards detected a confidence crack during a remand trickery in Canning Vale during searches.

It is accepted a organisation of inmates had managed to filch a wi-fi “dongle” into a jail and afterwards used their Xbox or Play Station consoles to entrance a web.

The confidence crack is being treated as intensely critical given prisoners would have been means to promulgate openly with anyone on a outside, including rapist associates.

They also would have been means to entrance websites charity hard-core publishing and child exploitation material, or use amicable media to petiole or harass former partners, or even witnesses in coming trials.

Corrective Services Commissioner James McMahon pronounced nonetheless a review was usually in a early stages, no justification of any “sinister” activity had as nonetheless be uncovered. “It is an ongoing investigation, we haven’t gotten to a bottom of it and we are not certain how far-reaching it goes, that is because we have taken each console out of Hakea and they are now partial of a investigation,” Mr McMahon said.

“It is a initial time given we have been commissioner that we have picked this up.

“We do not wish people being means to promulgate outmost to a handle or inner to a wire. That is for reserve of staff, reserve of other prisoners and a reserve of a community.”

As a precaution, gaming console privileges have also been cold from all other limit confidence comforts including Casuarina, Albany, Kalgoorlie and Greenough prisons.

Mr McMahon pronounced once a review was complete, a preference would be done on either to lapse a consoles or make a anathema permanent.

“It might be that maximums do not get consoles during all (in a future),” Mr McMahon said.

The review has identified 4 inmates who were concerned in a Hakea breach, though Mr McMahon pronounced he approaching that series would arise as inquiries progressed.

It is estimated that between 10 and 15 per cent of WA prisoners have gaming consoles in their cells.

With some-more than 6100 inmates Statewide, it equates to between 600 and 900 consoles in a jail system.

Mr McMahon pronounced entrance to gaming consoles was not a right and prisoners frequently had them cold for behavioural issues. The units are paid for by prisoners and before they are authorised in cells, they are non-stop and checked for contraband, before being resealed with tamper-proof labels.

It is believed that inmates during Hakea would have had to mislay those seals to configure their inclination for a internet. Prisoners in middle and smallest confidence jails will have their inclination legalised to safeguard they have not been tampered with, though they will not be confiscated during this stage.


The West Australian

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