The operators of Parklea prison are under scrutiny due to a public video that claims to feature an inmate showing off his weapon and drug stash.
The video, which is less than two minutes long, was published on YouTube on June 29 and has been watched more than 27,000 times.
Corrective Services NSW confirmed on Monday it was illegally filmed and uploaded from a mobile phone smuggled into the prison. In the video, the unnamed inmate claims the phone was smuggled in by a guard.
Subsequent searches of the centre uncovered four mobile phones, steroid tablets and other contraband items, a Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman told Fairfax Media on Sunday.
Commissioner Peter Severin met with the management of CEO Group, which runs Parklea Correctional Centre, to discuss security and safety concerns.
“This is a very serious matter,” Commissioner Severin said on Monday.
“I have just met with GEO, and told them I am sending in a public sector governor to lead a review of the centre.
“The governor will lead a team that will oversee all major decisions made by GEO management and also review practices there.”
Commissioner Severin said the review would take at least four weeks.
In the video, the inmates calls Parklea jail a “dead-set joke”.
He shows off several improvised weapons, which he calls “slashers”, and strikes the cell wall.
“That’s just an example of what it can do to your throat,” he said.
“That’s off a f****ing TV. That there alone will rip skin.”
At one point he picks up a packet of drugs, which he claims is ice (methamphetamine).
“Why have I got it? Because I can,” he says.
Another inmate points somewhere off camera, claiming they have a laptop in their cell.
The man filming claims a prison guard smuggled in the phone he is using.
“Why have I got a mobile phone? It’s because screws are bringing mobile phones into the jail for money,” he said.
Screw is a slang term for a prison officer.
Commissioner Severin said the governor would investigate the claim.
“Contraband is a challenge for both public and private prisons, and inmates will go to extraordinary lengths to introduce illegal mobile phones, drugs and other contraband,” he said.
“Any suggestion that contraband is smuggled in by staff is taken very seriously and investigated. The integrity of our system has to be beyond reproach.”
While the purpose of uploading the video is unclear, the inmate appears to be trying to draw attention to his complaints with the jail. He claims it is “ruining lives” and that “the system” is not helping reform inmates.