Ron Woodham NSW Commissioner of Corrective Services banned Framed a quarterly magazine by Justice Action to Correctional Centres.
On 2 May 2002, Justice Action received a faxed letter from Manager of DCS Operations Support Branch saying that, in his view, articles in Framed edition #42 'lack balance and integrity' and he is therefore 'not prepared to recommend this issue of Framed for placement in to correctional centre libraries.' Prisoners and those concerned about prisoner issues have very few sources of information.
Framed is one of the most important for inmates of Australian Correctional Centres it is the only magazine giving prisoners a voice.
Framed reports on what's really happening and lets prisoners know that Justice Action is fighting for them. The Magazine goes to the centres in all states except the Northern Territory and they're working on that. Letter from John Klok Senior Assistant Commissioner DCC said" It has come to my attention that Justice Action has been forwarding copies of their recent issue of Framed to individual inmates" Please be advised that the Department has not given its approval to the recent issue of Framed as it contains many misleading, inaccurate and provocative articles."
A spokesperson for Justice Action said "What about the other 41 issues that were sent in to the jail? And what was printed was the truth about Rotten Ron's history of employment. These matters had been dealt with by the authorities like the Royal Commission into prisons etc.
Misleading no! Inaccurate no! Provocative? What article isn't? Therefore the fact that there was an inquiry about Ron Woodham at the time then that would be more likely to be the reason why they (DCS) rejected the issue and not the stated reasons."
By Or Wellian 27 November 2002
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