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.
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
Wellington, a new maximum-security centre for women at
Lidcombe, and new minimum-security facilities at
Across the State, upgrade work continues at our centres at
Bathurst (pictured above),
Cessnock, Goulburn, Junee,
Silverwater, as well as the John Morony complex in Berkshire Park.
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