Housing one inmate costs Queensland taxpayers $66,000 a year

IT COSTS Queensland taxpayers about $66,000 a year to house one of the state's 7238 inmates.

But despite popular belief it is not all card games, television, pumping iron and lying around in the Queensland sun for the state's prison population.

They are subjected to a strict regime where they are monitored 24/7. Cells are usually about 2 x 2.4m and contain a bed, shower and toilet.

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Inmates are allowed prison-issued items such as toiletries, clothing, footwear, bedding and personal items such as underwear, socks, writing paper, pen, bible, photographs and a watch.

They are not allowed items such as weapons, drugs, ammunition, flammable substances, explosives, grappling hooks, cutting instruments, passports, mobile phones, modems, scanners, alcohol, tattoo guns or any unauthorised keys.

Smoking was banned in all Queensland prisons last year and inmates are not allowed to have tobacco and other smoking related products, including cigarette lighters, matches, papers or filters.

Inmates can hold a personal prison trust account of up to $1000 while behind bars.

They can use the money for phone calls and to buy items from the canteen.

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