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CESSNOCK PRISON UPGRADE OPENS 

Published date: Monday, 20 May 2019 

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Minister for Corrections Anthony Roberts has commissioned a new 330-bed maximum-security extension at Shortland Correctional Centre in Cessnock, handing the keys to Governor Simon Raper at a ceremony today.  

The facility is part of the NSW Government’s $3.8 billion infrastructure program to keep the community safe and reduce reoffending through improved inmate education and programs.  

“The Shortland Correctional Centre expansion means we have an additional 85 ongoing jobs in the Hunter region,” Mr Roberts said. 

“The project also employed a large percentage of local tradespeople, who proudly contributed to building this facility on time and on budget. 

“Corrective Services NSW is a major employer in the Hunter region and is pleased to be growing and strengthening that investment.” 

Work is continuing on the new 240-bed minimum-security wing in the adjacent Cessnock Correctional Complex, expected to open early next year and create more than 50 jobs.  

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the new facility includes a 4,000sqm industries and programs building dedicated to inmate rehabilitation and training.  

“The expansion of this maximum-security prison allows us to manage inmates safely, while providing greater access to education, programs and skills-based training,” Mr Severin said. 

“It’s important that we not only ensure the safety of the community by managing a secure facility, but these facilities will also help inmates address their offending behaviour and gain the skills and training they need to gain employment upon their release.”