Queensland prison guard rushed to hospital after being attacked by inmate at Woodford jail
A prison officer from a corrections facility north of Brisbane has been flown to hospital with serious facial injuries after being assaulted by a prisoner.
The 45-year-old custodial corrections officer at Woodford Correctional Centre was rushed to Royal Brisbane Hospital after the attack on Tuesday afternoon.
Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) said the prisoner involved in the attack is serving a sentence for grievous bodily harm.
The secure units of the prison have been placed in lock down and the corrective services investigation unit is looking into the incident.
In a statement, QCS said counselling was being offered to all staff.
“Our thoughts are with the injured officer and his family at this time, and all support is being provided to them,” the statement said.
“This is now the subject of a police investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Spike in prison attacks
Violence in the Queensland prison system is at an all-time high, with almost 3,000 jailhouse assaults recorded over the last financial year.
Most of the 2,997 attacks in 2017/18 were prisoner on prisoner, but 284 of those assaults were on prison staff, the highest on record.
Such attacks are part of a 131 per cent increase in assaults since 2013/14, revealed in the analysis of Custodial Incident Reports published each month.
Prison officers will hold a meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the latest attack.