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​​​Cessnock Correctional Centre upgrade

As part of its commitment to Better Prisons, the NSW Government is upgrading the Cessnock Correctional Centre to provide extra accommodation for male inmates.

Artist’s impression of the new gatehouse at Cessnock Correctional Centre

Artist’s impression of the new gatehouse at Cessnock Correctional Centre.

The NSW Government has identified a reduction in adult reoffending as one of its 18 State priorities. Virtually all of the 1,200 inmates serving sentences at the Cessnock complex will some day be released, and each must have the right preparation to start a crime-free life after prison.

A new minimum-security facility at Cessnock will support this process by providing a more ‘residential’ style of accommodation for male inmates nearing the end of their sentence. The facility will emphasise purposeful activity, in particular employment and education.

The Cessnock Correctional Centre upgrade will deliver:

  • five new 48-bed minimum-security accommodation blocks
  • a new gatehouse, reception area, visiting area, programs building and health facility to support the expanded centre.

Construction commenced in September 2018 and the new facilities are expected to open in early 2020. Together with the adjacent Shortland and Hunter correctional centres, the upgraded Cessnock centre will provide a full-service correctional ‘hub’ for northern NSW.

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