Category: Minister for Corrections

Construction Starts On Chisholm Road Prison

Construction has started on Victoria’s largest maximum-security prison – part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to build more beds to ensure the state’s corrections system keeps pace with demand. Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll and Member for Lara John Eren today turned the first sod at the Chisholm Road site, next to the existing […]

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Housing To Help Aboriginal Women Leaving Prison

A new accommodation facility will provide stable transitional housing for Aboriginal women who are exiting prison and facing homelessness, following a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government invested $840,000 towards the Aboriginal Women’s Transitional Housing Facility, which aims to reduce the incarceration rates of Aboriginal women who remain overrepresented in the […]

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New Gatehouse To Boost Security And Keep People Safe

A new purpose-built, state-of-the-art gatehouse at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre will help keep Victoria’s maximum security women’s prison safe and secure. Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll today opened the new gatehouse, which is significantly larger than the original gatehouse which has been used since the prison opened in 1996. It features stronger security including […]

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Experienced Leader To Chair Women’s Prison Advocacy

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Ingrid Stitt as the Chair of the Women’s Correctional Services Advisory Committee. The Member for Western Metropolitan is a highly experienced advocate with a successful career spanning 25 years in the Australian Services Union. During that time, she served as the National Vice President and the […]

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Funding Boost To Expand Offender Jobs Program

A program to help offenders turn their lives around and stay out of prison is being expanded after a multi-million-dollar investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll today visited the Holmesglen, Skills and Job Centre’s Job Ready Program, in Dandenong, to announce a $4 million investment in the Employment Pathway Brokers […]

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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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