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Contraband penalty increase

23 June 2020

The penalties mean visitors caught with illicit drugs or other contraband could face a maximum fine of up to $12,000 and/or 18 months in jail.

In addition, refusing a search can incur a $6,000 fine and anyone caught loitering around a prison or concealing an article for a prisoner could be fined up to $6,000 and/or face 12 months in jail.

The return of face-to-face social visits follows a three-month suspension to prevent COVID-19 infections in prisons and the detention centre.

Health guidelines will apply, including physical distancing and extra hygiene measures, as well as increased security and searching.

"My aim is to provide a safe and secure environment for both my staff and the people in our care" said Commissioner for Corrective Services, Tony Hassall.

"I take a zero tolerance approach to illicit drugs and contraband that puts the health and safety of our prisoners and detainees at risk," he said.

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