NSW Government a​nnounces the Better Prisons reform program​

P​​ublication ​date: Wednesday, 2​​3 March 2016

The Minister for Corrections David Elliott and Commissioner Peter Severin announced the NSW Government’s Better Prisons reform program earlier this week, on Sunday, 20 March 2016.

The reform program aims to lift standards, strengthen accountability and help meet the government’s commitment to reduce adult re-offending by five per cent. 

More than 1,000 extra beds will support the reform. This will include reopening Berrima Correctional Centre and the Wollongong Community Offender Support Program (COSP) centre as well as adding 620 modular beds to Cessnock and 160 to South Coast correctional centres.

Under the reforms, the NSW prisons will also be benchmarked to meet performance targets and ensure they run more efficiently and effectively.

John Morony Correctional Centre in Windsor will be market tested through a competitive tender process between the public and private sectors.

The government has invited Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) to work with unions to make an in-house bid.​

Expressions of Interest open at the end of this month with a decision to be made in early 2017.

Fact sheets and further information about this major reform program are available at www.correctiveservices.justice.nsw.gov.au/Better-Prisons.

Read the media release issued on Sunday, 20 March 2016: Prison reform to improve community safety.