The 75-bed Berrima Correctional Centre was reclassified in June 2018 as a women-only prison to meet the rise in the female inmate population.
The centre reopened in 2016 to house male inmates, but has now been repurposed as a female facility with minor works started or commencing shortly.
These works include:
Programs and accredited training will be available to all female minimum-security inmates at Berrima. Inmates will be able to gain qualifications and work experience, helping them to be job ready and contribute to the community.
Since September 2016, we have significantly increased capacity by reopening centres, expanding existing centres and opening new centres. This includes the 94-bed female prison, Mary Wade Correctional Centre at Lidcombe, which opened in November last year.
In addition, a new state-of-the-art facility in Grafton will create 1,700 beds for both male and female inmates.
The first female offenders arrived at the Southern Highlands centre in mid-June, about a week after the former male inmates were transferred to other centres across the state. The centre was once a female prison between 2001 and 2011.
December 2016 Newsletter [PDF, 1.7MB]