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 including prison operator Serco, has been 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
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
CSNSW is constructing its first two Rapid-Build Prisons for 400 maximum-security inmates.
the Macquarie Correctional Centre at Wellington; and
the Hunter Correctional Centre at Cessnock.
The Macquarie Correctional Centre at Wellington 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 at Cessnock 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.
Sufficient industries, programs and recreational capacity to ensure all inmates have a balanced, purposeful day routine.
Features state-of-the-art security and surveillance to ensure safety and security.
The focus will be on rehabilitation to help reduce the rate of reoffending without compromising on 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 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.