Capricornia Correctional Centre, where there were 10 serious assaults on prisoners in 2010-11.
Capricornia Correctional Centre, where there were 10 serious assaults on prisoners in 2010-11. FILE

Prison service reviews findings following prisoner overdose

QUEENSLAND Corrective Services has examined the recently-released findings made by the State Coroner into the 2013 death of Micheal Wayne Blutcher at the Capricornia Correctional Centre Farm.

A spokesperson for Corrective Services said following Mr Blutcher's death, QCS fully investigated the circumstances surrounding the incident including reviewing systems in place to minimise the entry of contraband into the low security facility as well as the effectiveness of security measures.

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Mr Blutcher was serving a two-year jail sentence when he was found dead in his room at Capricornia Correctional Centre in September 2013 - about a month before he was due to be released.

Earlier this month, Queensland Coroner Terry Ryan delivered his findings following an inquest and said the 31-year-old man, who had a criminal history dating back to when he was a child in Rockhampton, had overdosed on fentanyl, a highly potent painkiller.

Mr Blutcher was supposed to share his drugs with two other men. One of the men injected it but the third decided not to, and Mr Blutcher injected this man's share.

Mr Blutcher was found unconscious on his bed with the needle still in his arm and a lethal amount of the drug in his system.

Mr Ryan said other prisoners who gave evidence at the inquest said the drugs were coming into the jail via soft drink cans that were thrown over the external perimeter fence.

The Corrective Services spokesperson said since the death the department had installed the Gallagher Perimeter Fence along Etna Creek Road and was currently examining improved CCTV and lighting locations to enable better surveillance of the prison reserve adjacent to the facility.

"QCS has a zero tolerance approach to drugs and contraband in prisons and works closely with the Queensland Police Service in joint operations targeting those who attempt to traffic prohibited items into the centres," the spokesperson said in a statement.

"Correctional centres have a range of barrier controls and detection methods to prevent the introduction of drugs and contraband.

Prisoner telephone calls may be monitored and mail may be searched.

Search techniques include by person, by electronic detection devices including the IONSCAN Machine and by specially trained dogs."



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