Issued: Monday, 30 June 2014[PDF, 221kb]
Prisoners in NSW are slashing their grocery bill by growing, farming and processing much of their own food, saving tax payers millions of dollars.
“Last financial year prisoners grew over a million apples, made one-and-a-half million loaves of bread and produced almost one-and-a-half million litres of milk through the dairy,” NSW Attorney General and Minister for Justice Brad Hazzard said.
“Not only does this self-sufficiency save tax payers millions of dollars, prisoners gain valuable on-the-job skills and qualifications which make them more employable when they are released.
“Having a job improves lift their reintegration into society and lowers the risk of reoffending.”
Food produced by prisoners in the 2012-13 financial year:Almost 129, 000 kilograms of fresh beef product More than 338,000 kilograms of processed vegetablesAbout 1.3 million applesMore than 1.4 million litres of fresh milkMore than 1 million pies and sausage rolls1.5 million loaves of bread
“In 2012-13 the program, which involved more than 500 prison workers, saved taxpayers more than $4 million - at the end of the current financial year it will save up to $6 million by further reducing reliance on external sources.”
“I am pleased to announce that the NSW Government is also committing $6 million in minor works funding for a new, modern central kitchen facility at John Morony Correctional Complex,” Mr Hazzard said.
“This commercial scale kitchen will produce food for correctional centres across NSW - this centralisation and other related efficiencies will save taxpayers an extra $1.5 million a year while providing improved work training,” he said.
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said that in addition to gaining-on-the-job experience many prisoners also complete food-related short courses and traineeships.
“Last year almost 600 prisoners completed food-related short courses including in hygiene and food handling, hospitality, horticulture and agriculture,” Mr Severin said.