How to stop gang violence in jail: Stick 'em in pink

Queensland's government has a unique plan to curb gang violence. Photo / Thinkstock
Queensland's government has a unique plan to curb gang violence. Photo / Thinkstock

Queensland's latest weapon in its fight against bikie gangs will be bright pink overalls.

The state's police Minister Jack Dempsey says he's considering a plan to force jailed members of gangs to wear fluoro pink prison uniforms.

"I have asked Queensland Corrective Services to investigate changing the colour of the prison uniform," he told the Courier-Mail.

"We will start with members and associates of criminal gangs and will look at rolling it out to other inmates over time."

Currently, Queensland's prisoners where khaki prison tops that have been criticised as potential camouflage for escapees.

The pink overalls follow the passing of new state laws targeting bikie gangs last week.

Under the laws, 26 bikie gangs have been named as criminal organisations.

Members are barred from their clubhouses or gathering in groups of three or more, and those convicted of serious crimes face extra jail time for their affiliation with gangs.

They are also automatically refused bail and are not allowed to own or work in tattoo parlours.

- AAP

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