Category: Minister for Corrections

Milestone For Greyhound Adoption Program

A program that gives retired racing greyhounds a second chance at life and teaches prisoners valuable new skills is celebrating its 400th arrival at Tarrengower Prison. The Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) has been running at Tarrengower Prison for the past 10 years, with 400 greyhounds successfully completing or undergoing the six-week program. Prisoners with good […]

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Building A Safer And More Secure Youth Justice System

The Andrews Labor Government is modernising Victoria’s youth justice system through a modified design of Cherry Creek and continued operation of the Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice Centres. Consistent with recommendations from the Armytage/Ogloff Youth Justice Review and Strategy, the Labor government will adopt an interim youth justice system configuration when the Cherry Creek facility […]

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Increasing Capacity At Barwon Prison

An additional 162 new beds will be built at Barwon Prison as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.8 billion major investment to ensure Victoria’s prison system is able to meet future demand. The new maximum-security beds are expected to be operational in 2021, enabling the prison to accommodate 640 prisoners. Supporting infrastructure for the […]

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Jobs And Housing Support To Reduce Women’s Reoffending

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding support services and programs focused on reducing the number of women in prison. Victoria’s female prisoner population has nearly doubled over the last decade, with the number of Aboriginal women in prison growing at an even faster rate. Two thirds of female prisoners reported being a victim of family […]

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New Detention Unit For Most Dangerous Offenders

A detention unit to house Victoria’s most dangerous offenders after they have completed their prison sentences has been opened at Barwon Prison. The new 10-bed Piper Detention Unit is a key part of the Andrews Labor Government’s expanded post-sentence scheme to protect the community from serious criminals who pose a significant risk to the public. […]

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Local Crime Prevention Grants Now Open

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in local community crime prevention projects with applications now open for the Community Safety Fund. Minister for Crime Prevention Ben Carroll was in Bayswater today to announce applications for Community Safety Fund grants of up to $25,000 are now open. Since 2015, the Labor Government has provided almost $3 […]

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Boost For Men’s Residential Healing Program

A successful residential diversion program for Aboriginal male offenders is set to be expanded thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll today announced an additional $440,000 for the Ngarra Jarranounith Place program. The funding will enable Aboriginal service provider Dardi Munwurro to open a third residential property in Melbourne’s north. It […]

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Findings Released Into Review Of Barwon Prison Assault

The independent review into the serious assault on prisoner Tony Mokbel at the maximum-security Barwon Prison has delivered 16 recommendations for Corrections Victoria and the Victorian Government. The Andrews Labor Government appointed the Honourable David Ipp AO QC, a former New South Wales Appeal Judge and former Commissioner of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, […]

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Counter Terror Intelligence Sharing Deal Agreed

Victoria’s Joint Counter Terrorism Team and Corrections Victoria will work together to strengthen the way crucial intelligence is shared on prisoners and offenders who are at risk of violent extremism. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by Corrections Commissioner Emma Cassar and Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney, building on the close working […]

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New High-Tech Prisoner Transport Vehicles On The Road

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled new custom-built vehicles specifically designed to transport the state’s highest security prisoners safely and securely. The two new vehicles will allow Corrections Victoria’s elite Security and Emergency Services Group to transport dangerous high-risk prisoners to court or between other prisons. The vehicles are fitted with ballistic armour and a […]

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