Hobart: Flares set off in prison riot

10 Aug, 2017 – Losing access to nicotine replacement patches at Hobart’s Risdon Prison sparked an eight-hour stand-off between inmates and correctional officers.

The disturbance began at lunchtime on Wednesday, when about 40 inmates in the medium-security section refused to return to their cells.

Flares and smoke were seen near the building a short time before the situation was resolved about 8:00pm.

Prison authorities said the prisoners were protesting against plans to phase out their supply of nicotine replacement patches.

Cigarettes were banned from the jail in 2015.

In a statement, the TPS said there were no injuries to staff members, but one prisoner suffered minor cuts to their arm.

On Sunday, the union representing prison guards warned Tasmania’s prison system was already a “pressure cooker” plagued by lockdowns and overcrowding, and scrapping suspended sentences was only going to make it worse.

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