Junee jail will press ahead with an inmate smoking ban and has plans in place if things go wrong, Corrective Services NSW has said.
Tobacco is set to be treated as contraband from August 10 in all NSW prisons and follows similar moves in Victoria and Queensland. But the ban was not enforced in those states without hiccup.
In Victoria, prisoners at one centre staged a 15-hour riot after the ban was enforced. In Queensland, prisoners protested on rooftops.
A Corrective Services spokesman said at Junee jail – the state’s largest regional prison – there were emergency management systems in place to respond to unexpected disruptions.
“Staff are prepared and regularly trained to respond to any disturbances,” a Corrective Services spokesman said in a statement.
“This has increased in the lead up to the introduction on August 10.”
The spokesman said “experts” from other jurisdictions had been engaged to help with the transition.
Also easing the transition, he said, would be beefed-up activities for inmates to distract their minds.
These activities include extra sporting competitions, jogging and access to gym equipment.
There will also be free nicotine replacement therapy as well as counselling.
“Smoke-free staff and inmate ‘champions’ have been identified, trained and supported to encourage others to give up smoking,” the spokesman said.
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