Prisoners sleeping on temporary beds in overcrowded prison

PRISONERS are doubling-up in cells and are sleeping on temporary beds because the Maryborough prison is over capacity.

As of Monday, there were 528 prisoners in custody at the Maryborough Correctional Centre which has a bed capacity of 516.

A Corrective Services representative said prisons were prepared for an overflow.

"Prisoner numbers are managed on a statewide basis and fluctuate over time, driven by a variety of factors, including crime rates, sentencing practices, parole board decision-making and parole breaches," she said.

"To efficiently manage these fluctuations, all Queensland prisons have the ability to employ a short-term 'surge capacity' strategy.

"This includes double-up placements in cells and the use of temporary beds."

The representative said police watchhouses were not used as additional prisoner accommodation.

"Queensland Corrective Services and the Queensland Police Service work closely to manage the timely reception of prisoners into all prisons in Queensland," she said.