New high-security cells for terrorist offenders

Published: 14 May 2019

New high-security cells have been built at the Goulburn Correctional Complex for extremist and terrorism-related offenders.

The new 46-bed unit will house offenders who have demonstrated a commitment to disengage from radical behaviour.

Security features at the unit include high-definition digital CCTV cameras, thermal-imaging cameras and a high-voltage electric fence.

These security measures will ensure inmates remain securely inside the facility and will also stop contraband from entering the prison.

A purpose-built control room has been installed. This will allow frontline officers to securely and safely manage the facility using advanced access-control systems and up-to-date cell communication channels.

The new unit is part of the NSW Government’s $47 million investment in countering terrorism and radicalisation in the prison system.

Minister for Corrections Anthony Roberts said the NSW Government’s biggest priority is keeping the community safe.

“This new unit ensures extremist, terrorism-related and high-risk offenders will be held in one of the most secure facilities in Australia,” Mr Roberts said.

Across NSW, Corrective Services NSW is currently managing 41 inmates charged or convicted of terrorism-related offences.

Learn more about countering terrorism in the NSW prison system

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