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The Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections officially opened the Junee Correctional Centre upgrade on 11 December 2019.
Junee Correctional Centre opened in 1993 with medium- and minimum-security sections for male inmates. Construction work to add a new 480-bed maximum-security section began in early 2017.
The expansion included:
As part of this project, we’ve also taken the opportunity to improve facilities for the whole prison, including a new dog squad building, new bulk stores, a new visits area, new administration building and new staff amenities. The female transition unit, which provides short-term accommodation for women awaiting transfer to women's prisons elsewhere in the State, was also expanded.
The Junee upgrade was one of the biggest projects in the NSW Government’s Better Prisons program. The expansion brings the prison’s total capacity to 1,270 beds and increases its permanent workforce by around 100.
The proposal to upgrade Junee Correctional Centre was approved by the Secretary of the Department in November 2016. Approval was granted following a comprehensive review of environmental factors (REF).
Files relating to the review can be downloaded below.