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Publication date: Friday, 11 December 2015
To keep up with rising inmate numbers, Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) is rolling out more than 430 prison beds. In November/December 160 inmates are moving into new purpose- built modular cells at Windsor and Parklea. A further 600 cells will come online when a new prison is built in Grafton in late 2019.
In November the first 20 inmates moved into the new purpose-built modular cells at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre. In early December, more inmates arrived to fill the 80 bed pod while another 80 beds are still to open at Parklea Correctional Centre.
The modular cells were designed and built by Corrective Services Industries (CSI).
The supply line for the cells and their components spread from Sydney to Tamworth to Nowra. Overseers and inmates working for CSI at St Heliers and at Cessnock correctional centres built the cells. Tamworth supplied frames, South Coast made door hatches and windows, and Silverwater's Dawn de Loas Correctional Centre manufactured the cell doors.
Commissioner Peter Severin praised staff for bringing the project to fruition. "They were involved from start to finish, and will continue to be involved by managing offenders in these new secure prison pods," he said.