Deputy Premier Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant saw first-hand the work opportunities available to inmates at Wellington Correctional Centre.
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin and senior management showed the Deputy Premier through the facility yesterday.
More than 400 inmates are employed at the centre in either the bakery, laundry, engineering workshop building trailers for local farmers or in logistics and other industries.
Wellington has a strong focus on work and training opportunities for inmates. While 40 inmates are doing traineeships nearly 300 are involved in education programs.
“Wellington Correctional Centre has a thriving prison industries program which demonstrates the rehabilitation benefits of good old-fashioned hard work,” Mr Grant said.
“I’d like to see more inmates working and studying throughout the correctional system and this ethos applied further across NSW.”