Mount Gambier Prison
Mount Gambier Prison was the first privately operated prison in South Australia when commissioned in 1995. The original 5 year contract with the South Australian Department for Correctional Services (DCS) has been successfully extended and now runs to December 2016.
The prison was commissioned with a capacity of 110 beds, however due to gradual expansion of the site, the capacity has increased to accommodate 489 beds. The South Australian Department of Correctional Services has announced a further expansion of the site of approximately 120 beds with work to commence in the last quarter of 2016 and commissioning planned for the 2nd quarter of 2018.
Mount Gambier Prison accommodates predominantly male Sentenced and Remand prisoners with medium or low security ratings. The prison also accommodates short term high security prisoners and female prisoners in order to facilitate local Court appearances. Prisoners have access to accommodation ranging from traditional secure cell blocks, to semi-independent living cottages.
G4S is responsible for the operation, management and maintenance of the prison and works in close partnership with the DCS, providing a full range of prisoner services, including all medical, education, facilities management, equipment and grounds preventative maintenance services ‘in house’, using locally employed staff and sub-contractors.
We also provide a range of education, vocational training and therapeutic program activities for prisoners. The prison work opportunities include a large timber furniture manufacturing workshop. All prisoners have the opportunity to complete nationally recognised and accredited courses and gain employment skills and qualifications to assist in successful reintegration into the community upon release.
All prisoners are placed on incentive based regimes which provide varying levels of privileges based on their behaviour, attitude and compliance to the prison rules and regulations. The regimes in Mount Gambier Prison are consistent with other prisons in South Australia.