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Dillwynia Correctional Centre opened in 2004 and houses sentenced female inmates with a minimum or medium security classification. The facility is made up of small single-storey accommodation units spread over a seven-hectare site.
The Government is expanding Dillwynia with 248 new maximum- and medium-security beds and additional supporting infrastructure. The facility's area will grow to just under 10 hectares.
Over the course of an inmate’s sentence, her needs – supervision, healthcare, training, work and other programs – change. The new maximum-security accommodation blocks will better support Dillwynia’s ‘graduated living’ model, which allows inmates to remain in the same facility for their entire sentence. This stability makes it easier to maintain family and social connections, deliver training and programs and – ultimately – reduce reoffending.
Our top priority, however, remains the safety of staff, inmates and the local community. The new facility will feature state-of-the-art security measures, including motion sensors, extensive digital CCTV coverage and 5.1-metre perimeter fences.
The upgrade, due to be completed in early 2020, will also allow Dillwynia to provide remand accommodation – reducing pressure on the existing Silverwater complex.