– Victoria’s prisons are on high alert for clashes between jailed gang members.
An estimated 125 outlaw bikies and their affiliates are in jail, and recruiting continues.
A former senior police detective has been appointed to head prison security to collate intelligence on the threat.
And the Justice Department has doubled its prison intelligence wing to 100 officers in a $10 million overhaul.
The ‘Herald Sun’ can reveal jailhouse bikies are now offering to protect prisoners’ families on the outside in return for their signing up.
The jail system’ stop intelligence and security officer says the outlaw motorcycle gangs are recruiting aggressively within prison walls.
Assistant Commissioner for Security and Intelligence Craig Howard said recruiting had extended to offers to look after a prisoner’s family or business during their sentence, including ensuring relationships with wives and girlfriends are survived.
The former Victoria Police detective said the gangs had lowered their recruiting standards in recent years, and in a departure from tradition, the “hot war” between some bikies on the outside did not end once they were in jail.
Bikie gangs are one of the groups to be scrutinised under an unprecedented intelligence drive by Corrections Victoria.
Officers from the military and law enforcement have been brought into its new unit in an attempt to gain greater knowledge of prison behaviour and possible future threats.
The murder of killer and state witness Carl Williams was a catalyst for the move.
Mr Howard said the system needed to better identify the shifting loyalties that doomed Williams. Avoiding a saturation of gang members in one area of a jail was an important means to this end.
Mr Howard said the Prisoners of War gang, which included Williams’s killer, was a significant factor inside.
He said the problem was more complex than separating prisoners. “It’s about understanding what associates Prisoner A might have to extend the threat to Prisoner B.” – Mark Buttler


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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