A development application has been lodged to allow for the expansion of Canberra’s Alexander Maconochie Centre.
The ACT Government plans to build two new cell blocks within two years to solve the current overcrowding crisis. The expansion project is expected to cost around $54 million.
The flexible new design will accommodate for projected increases in prisoner numbers and allow for extra beds to be added at short notice if required.
The expansion will provide 110 additional beds, giving the prison a total of 476 beds by mid-2016, with surge capacity of an extra 32 beds.
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The Government is also working on new strategies to reduce re-offending and slow the growing prison population.