Twenty ‘ freshies’ arriving each day
BEHIND the walls of Parklea prison are some of Australia’s most high-profile maximum remand inmates.
Up to 20 prisoners on remand — called “freshies” arrive every day.
Among those who have been in custody at the prison is Michael Ibrahim, the brother of nightclub boss John, awaiting sentencing for drug importing, money laundering and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Daniel Holdom, recently handed a life sentence for murdering 20-year-old Karlie PearceStevenson, whose body was found in Belanglo State Forest, and her two-year-old daughter Khandalyce, whose remains were found in a suitcase on a remote South Australian highway, was also in custody at Parklea.
More than 200 prison officers are employed by MTC-Broadspectrum at Parklea to manage an estimated 1000 inmates.
Another 32 new recruits are completing their training.
Correctives Services Commissioner Peter Severin said an expansion under way would result in several hundred new beds, although these would not be filled until operations had stabilised.
The prison would also have its own dedicated canine squad, he said.