Work is underway at Australia’s most secure prison facility to increase the number of inmate beds from 45 to 75 and to create a separate high-security unit as part of a $47 million plan to tackle radicalisation in the prison system.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Counter Terrorism and Minister for Corrections David Elliott and Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today visited Goulburn Correctional Centre to mark the start of construction.
The additional capacity at Supermax and the new high-security unit, which will house 48 inmates, will enable the separation of convicted terrorists from other high-risk prisoners and reduce the risk of radicalisation in the system.
“This investment will ensure the community is protected from the State’s most dangerous criminals housed at Goulburn’s Correctional Complex, including convicted terrorists,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“It will ensure the prison system has the capacity to deal with terrorists safely, securely and efficiently.”
As of today, CSNSW is managing 19 convicted terrorists, 19 inmates on terror-related charges as well as inmates of National Security Interest, who are not charged with terror offences but require additional monitoring.
The NSW Government has also established a specialist intelligence unit within CSNSW based at Silverwater Correctional Complex. It will work alongside NSW Police and other agencies to combat radicalisation in all 38 prisons across the state.
“The increasing number of investigation and disruption activities by Police and the number of people of interest to law enforcement agencies means we have to be ahead of the game when it comes to the identification and management of radicalised inmates,” Mr Elliott said.
The Goulburn Supermax upgrade is supported by the $3.8 billion prison infrastructure program to introduce new beds into the system. Corrective Services NSW have hired about 1700 new officers in prisons across the last two years to the end of 2017.