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.
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.
In April 2017, the Northern Pathways consortium was announced by the NSW government as the preferred bidder to deliver and operate the new 1,700-bed correctional centre in Grafton. For more information: Grafton Correctional Centre
$3.8 billion is being spent on 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, Unanderra (Wollongong) and Mary Wade (Lidcombe). Berrima and the Illawarra Reintegration Centre at Unanderra have already opened.
Over a dozen major new facilites will be built. They will provide considerable numbers of new jobs and opportunities for local businesses around the state. Click here for locations.
CSNSW is constructing its first two Rapid-Build Prisons for 400 maximum-security inmates each.
the Macquarie Correctional Centre at Wellington; and
the Hunter Correctional Centre at Cessnock.
The Macquarie Correctional Centre will be finished in late 2017. After staff have had the chance to move in and test new procedures, it is expected to take its first inmates in October.
The Hunter Correctional Centre will open in early 2018.
The 400 bed dormitory-style accommodation will have 16 dormitory pods, with 25 cubicles in each pod;
Individual cubicles will have an interactive TV for inmates to take greater control of their own administration;
There will be sufficient industries, programs and recreational capacity to ensure all inmates have a balanced, purposeful day routine;
The new facilities will have state-of-the-art security systems and surveillance to ensure safety and security; and
The focus will be on rehabilitation to help reduce the rate of reoffending without compromising safety and security.
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 are reforming their committees to include local residents, local and state government agencies and non-government organisations.
Anyone can approach their local correctional centre and ask to be a member of the committee.
Corrective Services NSW has been a good neighbour to local 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 Engagement Team on 1800 875 345.
Information is available here about visiting inmates and NSW correctional centres.