More and more bikies have been jailed since the last few years in South Australia, but while the removing troublemakers on the streets have made the city safer, the country is now forced to deal with organized crimes in jail. Thus, South Australia needs additional resources as they are now hard-pressed to create systems to make jails free from crime.
According to a report from ABC, State Police Minister Peter Malinauskas said they are faced with “unique challenges” in prison following a 73 percent increase in bikies jailed. The interaction of one Bikie to another and visitation rights are some of the things South Australia prisons are trying to regulate in order to prevent violence in jail.
“There are occasional acts of violence that occur within the prison system,” said Malinauskas. “These need to be prevented as best as they possibly can.”
Malinauskas notes that bikies don’t stop committing acts of violence after getting apprehended, hence the need to carefully assess a group of bikies in prison. “They don’t tend to stop committing crimes at the prison gate, which is why we have to work hard to make sure that they are incarcerated at the appropriate facility.”
On the bright side, more bikies jailed means the community is safer than before. “The good news is, whenever a bikie is behind bars, it means they’re not in the community,” said Malinauskas. “It’s far better to have these organized crime elements in jail, rather than in the community committing crimes.”
Malinauskas said the anti-bikie law in 2015 helped increase jailed bikies to 73 percent, thus lessening street crimes and drugs in the community. “We’ve seen a reduction coinciding over the last two years with the number of people who are members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. That number is down from 308 to 239 over the past two years.”