Brisbane Correctional Centre

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Australian Prisons
Sir David Longland Correctional Centre
Location: Wacol, Queensland
Status: Operational
Classification: Maximum Security
Capacity: 558
Opened: 1988
Closed:
Managed by: Queensland Corrective Services
Aerial View of Brisbane Correctional Centre, October 1988

Brisbane Correctional Centre, formerly the Sir David Longland Correctional Centre, is a prison facility located at Wacol (near Brisbane), Queensland, Australia, which was renovated and re-opened in June 2008.[1] The complex houses a water conservation system, a unit specifically designed for 17-year-old prisoners, which has since been closed due to amended laws, [2] and an ultra-modern maximum security wing for dangerous offenders. The facility currently consists of 16 units, including a protection unit mainly for old prisoners and prisoners with sexual charges, as well as a medical unit for prisoners with serious psychological problems and suicidal thoughts. A typical unit has approximately 70 prisoners.[3]

Prison Life[edit]

The offenders of BCC usually get up at 6-7. Many of them take a morning shower before going out for the day’s various activities. At about 7:30 the prison officers normally unlock the cells but not in exceptional circumstances (e.g. the number of prisoners of a unit exceeds the maximum limit of 72 people), where the prisoners may be locked in their cells for a longer time.

The offenders may participate in a wide range of recreative and educational activities, from literacy and numeracy classes to a touch football game in the oval. They also have access to books and can request books from a library.

The food of BCC is generally nutritious and delicious. Prisoners can purchase extra food such as instant noodles and chocolate through a buy-up form distributed to them on Saturdays.

Each prisoner is entitled to 1 visit per week. The friends and family members of them can apply for both contact and non-contact visits. Legal visits and video conferences are also available.

Notable prisoners[edit]

  • Brenden Abbott – the "Postcard Bandit".[4]
  • Geoffrey Robert Dobbs – labelled Australia's worst paedophile, pleaded guilty to 124 sex offences and one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice on counts against 63 girls under his care as a teacher and youth leader from 1972 to 2000.[5]
  • Jason Nixon – prison serial killer.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brisbane Correctional Centre Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine at official (Queensland Government) website
  2. ^ Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17-year-old Persons) Amendment Bill 2016. Queensland Government. 2016. p. 17. Archived from the original on 7 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  3. ^ Custodial operations (PDF). Queensland Corrective Services. 2007. pp. Page 5. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 February 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. ^ Nyst, Chris (defence lawyer). "The Usual Suspect". Australian Story (program transcript); 27 October 2003. Retrieved 26 January 2017.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Child sex offender receives indefinite sentences". PM (ABC Radio Program). Aired 24 July , 2003 18:34:00; Reporter: Louise Willis. Archived from the original on 11 May 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Violent offender Jason "Waxy" Nixon finds new way to escape jail - appearing in court to answer for more crimes". The Courier Mail. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2017.

Coordinates: 27°34′56.88″S 152°55′14.53″E / 27.5824667°S 152.9207028°E / -27.5824667; 152.9207028