Inmate ringleaders face separation after rioting
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.