Inmates at Dillwynia Correctional Centre in New South Wales were prohibited from the reception of underwear from family and friends, and in their place issued clothing provided by the jail — and the jailbirds were not satisfied.
A prison source said there had been an uproar when the governor of the prison recently made the call to ban inmates from wearing their underpants of choice at the beginning of this year.
The correction center is a minimum to medium security facility for women offenders approximately 56 km to the north west of Sydney.
Authorities discovered the drugs were smuggled by the inmates of the underwear and to end the smuggling, the governor forbade the prisoners to wear their own underwear under their green, white and brown prison uniforms.
The prisoners complained that the prison underwear were “unfavourable” and asked the prison hierarchy to change their minds. The bras in particular, were said to be uncomfortable and pointy.
It is not known if the controversial underwear was made externally or in Cooma prison, where inmates sew up the jail of green leaves for the whole state of the system.
The decision came after a series of incidents of drugs being secreted behind the walls of the prison. That led to a direct appeal to the inmates for smuggling to stop. But smuggling kept on coming.
It is understood inmates do not believe that the ban would be enforced, and were horrified when they were given the unwanted underwear to wear. A Corrective Services spokesman confirmed the underwear of the ban.
“After the recent incidents in which the contraband was smuggled into the centre on underwear, the Governor issued a warning and a temporary measure to allow the visitors to bring these items,” the spokesman said.
The inmates were angry for not being allowed to wear his own underwear.
She said that all inmates have been issued with the clothing — including socks, bras and t-shirts, interior—, but had been allowed to underwear sent by their family and friends before the ban.
The prisoners received good news recently when the prison, the ban was lifted, at least for the moment. “The temporary restriction has been lifted and Corrective Services NSW is the review of the policy in relation to visitors to leave the clothes of the inmates,” the spokesman said.
Corrective Services did not say why and when the original decision was revoked.
The prisoners were advised by the heads of the prison before the ban was introduced. Photo: ABC
Visitors to the prison, he warns that there are restrictions on the type and quantity of the goods of the offenders are allowed.
In 2014, an innovative program aimed at reducing the intake of alcohol and drug addiction was presented in the prison. The addiction treatment offered to inmates in the program included a methadone program, counseling, group therapy and vocational training.
NSW Prisons Minister, David Elliot announced a major expansion of Dillwynia, with nearly 250 new beds set to be introduced there by the year 2020.