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The gatehouse and administration building at the new Hunter Correctional Centre in Cessnock.
Hunter Correctional Centre, one of the State’s innovative new ‘rapid build’ prisons, was officially opened on 30 January 2018. (The first,
Macquarie Correctional Centre at Wellington, opened a month earlier.)
With the State’s prison population growing, urgent action was required to ensure new inmates could be accommodated without compromising safety or security. A ‘rapid build’ design was developed that allowed both Hunter and Macquarie to be built within 12 months.
Hunter and Macquarie represent a new approach to the design of maximum-security prisons in Australia. Each inmate is assigned his own cubicle within an open-plan 25-bed dormitory. Correctional officers observe multiple dormitories from an upper tier, ensuring that safety and security are not compromised.
Each dormitory has its own showers, toilets, kitchenette, telephones and yard. Each cubicle features an interactive television that the inmate can use to plan their education, work assignment, rehabilitation programs and other paperwork.
Our rapid-build prisons provide a high level of structured activity, including education and training. This approach better prepares inmates for progression to minimum security and, ultimately, their return to the community.