In­mate ring­leaders face sep­a­ra­tion af­ter ri­ot­ing

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

A GROUP of five teenage de­tainees in­clud­ing some who have com­mit­ted se­ri­ous sex crimes were the main cul­prits in this week’s riot at Dar­win’s Don Dale De­ten­tion Cen­tre.

They could be sep­a­rated from other in­mates re­garded as bet­ter prospects for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion un­der new “man­age­ment plans”.

The no­to­ri­ous cen­tre had to tem­po­rar­ily close this week af­ter Tues­day’s riot. De­tainees at­tacked a youth jus­tice worker with a metal ta­ble leg and stole his keys, let other in­mates out of cells, set alight and de­stroyed an ed­u­ca­tion build­ing and used an­gle grinders to try to es­cape.

The 25 de­tainees were moved to Dar­win’s Po­lice Watch House, prompt­ing crit­i­cism it wasn’t safe for youths.

NT deputy chief min­is­ter Nicole Mani­son said the de­tainees would go back to Don Dale over the week­end de­spite dam­age but the five “very dif­fi­cult in­di­vid­u­als” needed new com­plex ar­range­ments.

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