By: NewsReport

In a further tightening of security at Queensland prisons, Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence last month announced a total ban on mobile phones from all correctional centers.

Spence said Queensland was one of the first in Australia to introduce a legislative ban on mobile phones in corrections centers in July 2001. The total ban means no one will be authorized to take a mobile phone into a jail.

Spence said anyone caught trying to take a mobile phone into a Queensland prison — whether they are a visitor, a staff member or a prisoner — risks a maximum penalty of two years jail.