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​​​New Prisons

The NSW Government is taking action to address the State’s growing prison population and reduce reoffending.

Over the past five years, a growing population, more effective policing and improvements to bail laws have placed increased pressure on the prison system. In 2016 the NSW Government announced Better Prisons, a program of reform and rebuilding that includes a once-in-a-generation investment in modern, secure, fit-for-purpose prisons.

Aerial view of Cessnock Correctional Complex in the Hunter ValleyAerial view of Cessnock Correctional Complex in the Hunter Valley. The new Hunter Correctional Centre (bottom left) opened in early 2018; work continues on a major expansion at Shortland Correctional Centre (top left).

The centrepiece of the program is a new Clarence Correctional Centre south of Grafton, expected to open in 2020. Clarence has been designed in partnership with the private sector to serve as the corrective services hub for northern NSW.

Already, we’ve delivered two new ‘rapid build’ maximum-security prisons at Cessnock and Wellington, a new maximum-security centre for women at Lidcombe, and new minimum-security facilities at Berrima, Unanderra and Nowra.

Across the State, upgrade work continues at our centres at Bathurst, Cessnock, Goulburn, Junee, Kempsey, Nowra, Parklea and Silverwater, as well as the John Morony complex in Berkshire Park.

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