Thursday, May 8, 2003

Letter from the mother of a prisoner on remand at the High Risk Management Unit Goulburn Correctional Centre

Dear Mr Kable,

I am writing to give you permission to make any inquiries on my behalf as I am invalid pensioner who doesn't drive and been only well enough to travel by train once in 15 months to see my son Scott Simpson. I have enclosed a copy of Scott's letter and also a copy of gaol papers form I have to fill out and wait to see if I'm allowed in to see him. He doesn't get any visits. He is in the Supermax and deprived of any privileges not even legal Aid will fund a solicitor to see him in Goulburn.

I have written to the governor and minister of Corrective Services over 4 weeks and no reply to date. I was informed my son might be there indefinitely as the order was signed by the minister.

He has been in segregation for the past 15 months he has been in gaol. Scott is a full 'remand prisoner' and shouldn't be in the Super Max section.

They said it was to give him a break from 'segregation' [solitary confinement] but he has no contact and doesn't see anyone.

No medical services are made available to him because he refuses to talk to the prison psychiatrist on instructions from his previous solicitor at the time.

They say he cant associate because he is not stable enough but he had to be stable enough to do his own committal and they gave him a typed list of questions he was only allowed to ask the witnesses. That in my opinion is a miscarriage of justice in my book. He has numerous complaints and I am giving you permission to investigate his allegations.

I am most appreciated what you are doing for Scott and my prayers are with you for being in his corner. I am looking forward to any correspondence from you that can send me to allay my fears for his safety.

Letter from prisoner Scott Simpson to his mother.

Dear mum,

I hop this letter finds you healthy and well. As you know I am at the H.R.MU. Supermax. High Risk Management Unit. I am a full remand prisoner and people who are doing life sentences have more privileges than me. I can't get a solicitor to do my case, as Legal Aid will not fund my solicitor to do my case as Legal Aid will not fund my solicitor to drive to Goulburn.

They won't put me in Silverwater M.R.R.C. so I can have contact with solicitors. They put me in here for no reason at all. I was in segregation doing okay no bad reports or nothing. As soon as I buy my TV, radio, rice-cooker etc-they bring me down here.

I have nothing, talk about miscarriage of justice, they are black mailing me. They say if I talk to the psych here then I can get a TV in 3 months.

I told them I cannot talk to anyone as I've been instructed through legal advice not to talk to jail psyche's only out-side psyche's. So basically there saying I have something wrong with me and if that's the case well this is how they treat someone who they say is sick and full remand prisoner.

Take all this property and give him nothing not even fresh air as it's only pumped into our cells. Dry cell with camera and everything. Only difference I have a shower in my cell, which only comes on 4 times a day. It's not helping my head at all mum. 'I feel sick all the time headaches as no fresh air'. I feel like I'm in a prison truck with a bed. One phone call a week. I'm 'starving, freezing', don't see me any more so they can help me with my case just full on 'torture' never stops.

Well enough about this for now. God I wish you would do something mum at least ring people about the treatment I'm getting and being full remand prisoner.

Their slowly torturing me to death, It's the most painful, evil thing that could happen to anyone. Anyway I'm going to go mum as I am not feeling to good and you know why. I can't think properly and it's hurting writing this letter. By for now love always from your son.

Ps Can you ring this bloke Greg Kable "Justice Action" group pH 9660 9111 tell him my situation put in Supermax no nothing. Full remand prisoner and no adverse reports to put me in here. No legal council. Legal Aid won't fund my solicitor to drive to see me and they won't put me in a Sydney jail. Facing murder charge had to do committal my self and tortured 24 hours a day. Ring Green Peace MP he knows what's happening. Tell him what is going on. Also the Ombudsman sent 4 letters no reply. Inspector general local MP you know who to ring mum please mum do something. "TORTURED"

Posted by Gregory Kable 8 May 03

ED: After reading these letters I must say that the Department of Corrective Services is giving this lad the Gulag Treatment in the hope that he will see a corrupt Psychiatrist to cover up the mismanagement of the Department's duty of care. Happy Mothers Day Mrs Simpson.


Scott Simpson had an altercation with another person who alleged that Scott hit his car with a baseball bat and damaged the frame of the car's window just missing the person sitting in the car. That person then went to the police unharmed and had Scott charged and subsequently Scott was sent to Silverwater remand prison where he was alleged to have murdered his cell mate during the night. And now he resides at the HRMU Goulburn Correctional Centre or Super-max otherwise known as Carr's Castle.


Mr Simpson is charged with intimidate a police officer in execution of duty, contrary to Section 60(1); use intimidation/violence to unlawfully influence person contrary to Section 545b(1)(1); breach of undertaking, and assault contrary to Section 61 of the Crimes Act 1900. I am also aware that Mr Simpson has another more serious charge but at the time of writing this report, the writer has no further details about this offence.

Edited Conclusion:

Mr. Simpson is suffering from a mental illness as defined in the New South Wales Mental Health Act and requires treatment in a psychiatric hospital. He suffers from a psychotic disorder, which involves systematised paranoid delusions. He also has auditory hallucinations. Although he is receiving anti-psychotic medication, he remained psychotic at the time of the interview. He was clearly distressed and paranoid in his interactions with others. He has been in custody for almost four months.

Scott. Maintains that he was forced into a cell with a (paedophile, sex offender) Mr L who was placed in strict security away from the main prison at Junee. The Sex offender's brother Mr L. also a sex offender at Junee wrote to me expressing his concern that he was next and feared being sent into that scene for any sort of rehabilitation.

Please note it appears that the Department of Corrective Services failed to identify that Scott [?] had a mental illness and Scott was then 'forced' into a situation that he may have felt threatened in. In any event Mr L died and Mr Simpson most likely, according to the report, suffered from a mental illness. Questions about duty of care by DCS arise from this situation that need your urgent attention.

Carr's Castle the real story H.R.M.U.The High Risk Management Unit Goulburn Correctional Centre

The Australian Institute of Criminology's Standard Guidelines for Corrections in Australia - 1996 just don't cover the Goulburn HRMU according to Mr Ron Woodham Commissioner of Corrective Services. The High Risk Management Unit (HRMU) is the centrepiece of a major $22M redevelopment of Goulburn Correctional Centre.


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