Inside Australia’s scandalous Supermax jail

But for Jacqui Woodhouse, 15 years as a jail officer taught her one thing.

The “guys in green”, a inmates, were never a ones she had to worry about.

Speaking to, Ms Woodhouse pronounced right from a academy, where she lerned as a corrections officer, murmurs started about a proceed guards treated any other.

Years before Ms Woodhouse, 47, walked divided from her dear pursuit as a jail safeguard in 2011, she learnt a unpleasant doctrine that her superiors would not always have her back.

Ms Woodhouse was operative in Goulburn’s High Risk Management Centre, improved famous as a Supermax, when she attempted to fetter an invalid by a hatch.

Instead of submitting to a handcuffs, a invalid grabbed her hands and dragged her by a hatch, roughly gnawing her wrists by a tiny window.

Other guards rushed to assistance her — saving her from damaged wrists — though Ms Woodhouse felt deserted when it was time for a invalid to be punished.

One of Ms Woodhouse’s supervisors was a one doling out a punishment for a horrific attack, though instead of a invalid losing privileges or being reprimanded in any critical way, he was simply given a good poise bond.

“It showed me my administrator had finish and complete negligence for my safety,” she said.

“In hindsight, that invalid should’ve been charged or punished appropriately. In a Supermax, they’re not in there for being uncivil in church, they’re down there for some flattering critical stuff. But this man was usually given a caution, a slap on a wrist.

“I know my administrator was substantially meditative we shouldn’t have been there. we was a womanlike doing a man’s job.”

Jacqui Woodhouse claims she suffered by years of bullying and harassment.

Jacqui Woodhouse claims she suffered by years of bullying and harassment.Source:Instagram


Ms Woodhouse is during heedfulness to explain that many of a guards she worked with behind afterwards were good people — generally praising a masculine guards during Mulawa, a women’s territory of Silverwater Prison.

But, Ms Woodhouse maintains, no one ever leaves a career in prisons unscathed.

“The problem in a dialect like corrections is that it becomes all about your possess presence as a staff member,” she said.

“A common thesis of when we start during a academy is when we go onto a Facebook pages for NSW jail officers, a common matter on them says, ‘It’s not a ones in immature we have to worry about.’”

“There’s ostensible to be a intercourse when a sh*t hits a fan and guards lift together, though afterwards there’s so most backstabbing since it’s a thoughtfulness of a fact that you’re operative with a finish of society, a transfer belligerent of society.

“The people operative in that sourroundings take on a lot of those aspects themselves. I’ve seen a lot of people change — we changed. we went from being really certain to being negative, questionable and really asocial and meditative that there’s not a lot of good in a world.

“What you’re saying 8 to 10 hours a day is a misfortune of a world, we see what multitude has incited their behind on, a failings of society

“Anyone who was on a belligerent as a jail officer went in and afterwards came out changed. No one could contend they were unscathed.”

A high-risk restrained sits sealed inside a enclosure as he talks on a phone in Goulburn’s Supermax. br /

A high-risk restrained sits sealed inside a enclosure as he talks on a phone in Goulburn’s Supermax.

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By 2011, Ms Woodhouse took intentional redundancy, describing years of discrimination, passionate jokes and nuisance as apropos too most to bear.

Shr pronounced holding excess was a desperate, final grasp during wish — since she knew anything lifted in her exit talk would have to be investigated.

“In a interview, we told them we desired a pursuit we did and a one we joined, though a one we was withdrawal was something we didn’t recognise,” she said.

Through tears, Ms Woodhouse pronounced she was revelation her story so other women in a open use would not have to go by a same ordeal.

“We’re descending by gaps and it’s carrying a harmful effect. After all I’ve been by in a past 8 years, we don’t wish anyone else to go by it unnecessarily,” she said.

Ms Woodhouse attempted to record a censure with a Anti-Discrimination Board though since it was some-more than 6 months after her leaving, she was incited away.


Ms Woodhouse described years of psychological woe and demeaning jokes that eventually led to her quitting her pursuit and wanting counselling.

One sold fun that stranded out was not prolonged after she gave birth to one of her dual children.

Corrective Services NSW had recently brought in breastfeeding breaks for mothers entrance behind from maternity leave.

One of her colleagues sent an email announcing a change with a theme line “Go a Lactation Breaks”.

The final spike in a coffin for Ms Woodhouse was when a same chairman sent an email with a wanton fun about anal and verbal sex.

“I finally realised afterwards that we was fighting a losing battle. No one cares,” she said.

Ms Woodhouse pronounced a gaslighting became so serious and she doubted herself so mostly that she would mostly mangle down in tears during work.

“I had been a personality and someone who led by example, though it got to a indicate where we couldn’t even call a pattern of inmates though ripping into tears,” she said.

“Then of march I’d have to get out of steer of people since I’d be shaking, and it was this infamous cycle of removing dissapoint afterwards removing indignant that was inspiring me. we couldn’t demeanour diseased in front of a guards or inmates. You can’t seem weak.”

Ms Woodhouse is happier now she’s left a jail system.

Ms Woodhouse is happier now she’s left a jail system.Source:Instagram

In prison, Ms Woodhouse pronounced she always had a repute for being satisfactory though firm. If we seemed like a soothing target, inmates would pounce.

“Inmates knew they could come to me, though they couldn’t cheat me or ask me to do something that wasn’t in policy,” she said.

“They’d still proceed and say, ‘Miss, can we ask a favour?’ But they always knew my response — ‘I don’t do favours.’

“Prisoners are always perplexing to get things they’re not entitled to — they’re usually like large kids with immorality brains,” Ms Woodhouse said.

She claimed a NSW jail complement was a “boys’ club” when she worked in it.

During her time during Goulburn jail, where she was eventually promoted to an executive role, Ms Woodhouse was usually one of 4 women who scored a aloft job. The other 21 were men.

“I was a youngest of all of them and we was profound during a time, so that usually kicked off everything. we was pushed around into jobs good next my rank. Once you’re pregnant, we can’t have hit with any inmates for a reserve of your child, though some people usually saw it as an forgive to pull me into basic jobs and keep me there,” she said.


In a matter to, a Correctives Services NSW mouthpiece pronounced a organization had a “zero toleration proceed to discrimination, bullying and bungle in a workforce and regards such poise as totally unacceptable”.

The mouthpiece pronounced staff were always speedy to news incidents and, if proven, staff could be dismissed.

“We recognize that there is event to do serve to urge a wellbeing and enlightenment of a staff and are implementing a array of initiatives and programs to residence this,” a mouthpiece said.

“Last month we hold Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience concentration groups with some-more than 150 staff opposite a state to learn first-hand a categorical issues inspiring a employees’ mental health and ways to urge a stream support available.

“As partial of broader mental health and wellbeing initiatives, we are piloting a MyPositive Workplace module to urge a integrity of dispute resolutions and residence bullying and harassment.”

After being forced out of a job, Ms Woodhouse suffered countless breakdowns and a family mislaid their house.

Years after her ordeal, Ms Woodhouse realised she wanted to quarrel for women entrance by a pursuit now — though was left with few avenues to pursue.

“I’m not stupid. I’m an intelligent woman, though we fell by a cracks. we felt dumb, we didn’t know where to go or what we was doing. I’d go home in tears and arrive during work upset,” she said.

Ms Woodhouse is now operative to have territory 13 of a Sex Discrimination Act thrown out and wants to assistance other people know where they can go if they’ve suffered a same fate.

“Section 13 means no open menial around Australia — jail officers, teaches, paramedics, fireys — zero of them are given coverage by a Australian Human Rights Commission from passionate discrimination,” she said.

The minute sent to Ms Woodhouse.

The minute sent to Ms Woodhouse.Source:Instagram

State open servants in Australia do not have sovereign insurance opposite passionate nuisance and sex taste in their practice since of a section.

“I was led to trust that we was being overdramatic and a troublemaking womanlike who usually couldn’t cope in a masculine world, though that was not a case,” she said.

“If you’re a open menial we have nothing. None of what happened to me happened in their eyes since of a legislation — and that has to change.”

Corrective Services NSW also addressed Ms Woodhouse’s “boys’ club” claim.

“Custodial Corrections this year began implementing initiatives to calibrate a imbalance of women in supervisory, middle-management and executive roles,” a mouthpiece said.

“This enclosed a array of Women in Leadership workshops opposite a state in both Custodial Corrections and Security and Intelligence for womanlike base-grade officers and supervisors to benefit their feedback on barriers to a graduation of women to some-more comparison ranks.

“In addition, we have recently altered recruitment processes for supervisors and center government positions, that have resulted in a 100 per cent boost in womanlike field over a prior 5 recruitment processes.

“The final outcome saw females accounting for over 50 per cent of a tip 15 applicants.”

Ms Woodhouse claims one of her supervisors also started advancing her compensate for holding ill days for her children.

She also listened that another mother, lifting dual immature kids as a singular mum, left her pursuit after not being means to get a register she needed.

Correctives Services NSW pronounced it was operative towards a improved stretchable rostering system.

“We know a hurdles women face returning to a workforce after they have children and support them by this routine with stretchable rostering. While this is not though a hurdles — in terms of balancing a needs of other staff in a 24/7 work sourroundings — we essay to safeguard that all employees are treated fairly,” a mouthpiece said.