- 31/01/2018 POP-UP PRISON OPENS IN CESSNOCK TO HELP DEAL WITH NSW PRISON OVERCROWDING
- 21/01/2018 ALP SPOKESMAN: 'NEW SECURITY SYSTEMS PUT HEALTH AND WELFARE OF STAFF AT POTENTIAL RISK'
- 15/12/2017 CALL TO POSTPONE
- 14/12/2017 LEGAL CHALLENGE TO OCCUPATION
- 14/12/2017 CHANNEL 7 EXCLUSIVE ACCESS
- 19/10/2016 ANALYSIS OF WELLINGTON & CESSNOCK DORMITORY PRISON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORTS DATED JULY/OCTOBER 2016
- SEE CJC FOR MORE INFORMATION
The NSW Government has adopted a new concept in prison architecture to allow an urgent response to an unexpected surge in prisoner numbers. This new form of imprisonment, holding 800 maximum security prisoners in dormitories of 25 together, is being constructed without public discussion about the consequences. The CJC has researched the international experience of prisoners dormitories and is concerned that this sytem raises levels of violence, bullying and fear, with damage to prisoner health and recividism. The uncertainty surrounding the concept of a dormitory styled prison is exhibited by plans to demolish the Wellington complex within 5-7 years.Cubicles in the dormitories will be 3m by 2m with partitions 1.5m high and no door. An increased level of activity will be offered using computers with educational access and potential for email.