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​​​New Prisons


    Overview

    In the past year, the NSW Government has announced the biggest ever expansion of infrastructure for the state's prison system, to occur over the next four years. This is in response to the increase in the state's prison population, which is expected to continue. 

    New facilities

    The new facilities will enable New South Wales to accommodate this rise appropriately, thereby ensuring community safety and the best opportunity to reduce reoffending by providing programs and other rehabilitative activities.

    The centres will provide considerable numbers of new jobs and opportunities for local businesses around the state.

    The key components of the expansion are:​

    • ​a new Grafton prison of 1,700 beds, and 650 new beds for Parklea Correctional Centre; and
    • $3.8 billion for 7,000 new beds, announced in the 2016/17 state budget, to be located in new facilities built on the grounds of existing correctional centres, plus the re-opening or conversion of facilities at Berrima, Juniperina (Lidcombe) and Unanderra (Wollongong).

    ​Community Consultation

    Every correctional centre has a Community Consultative Committee, which plays an important liaison role on a range of issues such as community projects, operations and construction.

    To ensure that communities are informed about progress on the new builds, the centres will be reforming their committees to include local residents, local and state government agencies and non-government organisations. 

    Anyone can approach their local correctional centre and aske to be a member of the committee.

    Corrective Services NSW has been a good neighbour to the communities for many years and is determined to maintain and nurture that important relationship. Please refer to the individual centres to learn about our expansion or feel free to contact the Stakeholder Engagetment Team on 1800 875 345.​

    Information is available about location, visiting, or management of offenders in NSW correctional centres​.


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