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​New cells for terror offenders in Sydney

Published date: Sunday, 17 June 2018

A specifically designed unit at Long Bay Correctional Centre will be able to house the state’s most dangerous inmates facing court on terror charges in Sydney.

The ten cells will house AA-classified high-risk inmates, normally housed at the High Risk Management Correctional Centre known as Supermax in Goulburn.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott said the new unit was in addition to NSW Government's $47 million investment to counter terrorism and violent extremism in the correctional system.

“The highest priority of this government is to keep our community safe from those who would do us harm,” Mr Elliott said.

“The new maximum-security unit at Long Bay will allow us to separate the State’s most dangerous inmates from the mainstream population, while they face trial in Sydney.”

The Government is doubling the capacity of Supermax, creating a new high-security unit at Goulburn, and introduced a specialist team to manage radicalised inmates across prisons.

Corrective Services NSW Acting Commissioner Luke Grant said the Sydney facility reduced the risk of frequent and long distance inmate movements between prison and court.

“By having a secure facility close to Sydney designed for these offenders we can limit their transport movement and provide more effective access to courts and to their lawyers,” Mr Grant said.

“We’re also expanding the HRMCC and repurposing a unit at Goulburn to act as a ‘step-down unit’ from Supermax to house high-risk offenders, who have demonstrated a commitment to disengage from radical behaviour.

“We’re improving programs and one-on-one case management to address the drivers that lead to disengagement and isolation as well as combat extremist narratives and challenge ideology.”

The cells are accessible only by an individual high-security air-lock arrangement. Each inmate has a small enclosed yard area protected by a double layer of steel mesh and is monitored by CCTV cameras.