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Part of the new Macquarie Correctional Centre on the day before opening.
Located beside the existing Wellington Correctional Centre, the 400-bed Macquarie Correctional Centre was the first of two ‘rapid build’ prisons to be delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Better Prisons initiative. The second,
Hunter Correctional Centre in Cessnock, opened in January 2018.
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 Macquarie and Hunter to be built within 12 months.
Macquarie and Hunter 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.
The proposal was approved by the Secretary of the Department in 2016 following a comprehensive review of environmental factors (REF). The REF documentation can be downloaded below. For security reasons, some diagrams have been removed.