​Strong industry interest in prison reform

Issued: Thursday, 31 March 2016

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Minister for Corrections David Elliott today addressed a major industry briefing on the market testing of John Morony Correctional Centre (JMCC) in Sydney’s north-west, as part of a plan to improve the performance of the NSW prison system.

Representatives from the private sector, as well as the Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) team which will make a competing bid for the prison, attended the briefing in Sydney.

“Today is an important step forward in the NSW Government’s plan to lift standards, reduce reoffending and improve the efficiency of our prison system,” Mr Elliott said.

“In addition to building modern, secure facilities to house prisoners, I have made it clear that I expect better outcomes and I strongly encourage the public and private sectors to bring innovative, evidence-based proposals to the table.”

Mr Elliott said market testing JMCC will provide the Government with an accurate idea of how much it should cost to run a prison effectively and efficiently in NSW today.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said CSNSW is putting significant resources into making the “in-house” bid as strong as possible.

“The unions have been invited to be part of our bid team and we will be seeking input from staff at JMCC,” Commissioner Severin said,

As part of the reform program, all public and private prisons in NSW will receive performance targets over the next two years to measure standards such as out-of-cell hours, inmate participation in programs, and assaults.

Formal expressions of interest in JMCC must be entered by 18 May 2016, before the tender is issued in July. The successful operator will be announced in February 2017.

Further detail about Better Prisons can be found at  www.correctiveservices.justice.nsw.gov.au.