A person, knowing that another person has unlawfully escaped, who harbours, employs or assists the escapee, is guilty of an offence with a maximum penalty of four years imprisonment [Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 s 255].
It is an offence for a person to communicate with a prisoner in an unlawful manner, to deliver a prohibited item to a prisoner or into a prison, or to loiter outside a prison for an unlawful purpose [Correctional Services Act 1982 s 51]. The maximum penalty for these offences is six months imprisonment, unless the prohibited item delivered to a prison was a controlled drug or another item prescribed by regulations, in which case the maximum penalty is up to five years imprisonment [s 51].
As the Chief Executive of the Department has the legal custody of a prisoner, a great deal of information concerning the prisoner, including the prisoner's criminal and medical records and other personal information, is under the Chief Executive's control. It is an offence punishable by a fine of up to $10 000 for an officer of the Department to disclose any information contained in a prisoner's file kept by the Department [Correctional Services Act 1982 s 85C].
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