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Responsible Agency: Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Proposal Stage of Development: Detailed Business Case Underway
Building Queensland Role: Assisting with Detailed Business Case*
Planned Stage End Date: Q3 2017
Estimated Cost of Delivery: $740 million**
Date of Publication: June 2017 (for period 4 December 2016 – 3 June 2017)

NEED

After a period of high growth in the prisoner population, the capacity of the southern Queensland male high-security correctional facilities is constrained, with capacity exceeded by more than 25 per cent resulting in more than 2,000 prisoners sharing cells designed for single occupation.

PROPOSAL

The objective of the proposal is to improve safety and reduce pressure on existing facilities in southern Queensland.

Expansion of the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct is being investigated as there is already a Master Plan for a larger facility at this site that could help to relieve capacity constraints at other facilities in southern Queensland. The proposal is investigating the construction of Stage 2 of the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct near Gatton to provide a new 1,004 cell, high-security facility for male prisoners.

The project is expected to:

  • decrease violence between prisoners, and prisoners and staff
  • deliver more flexibility to manage the allocation of prisoners to the most appropriate facility
  • increase access to education, programs, and prison employment opportunities to provide employable skills and readiness for community reintegration in order to lower rates of recidivism
  • reduce strain on building facilities with less risk of service failures.

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Complete Detailed Business Case

* Detailed Business Case commenced prior to the establishment of Building Queensland.
** Nominal cost in Australian dollars 2016, estimate provided by Responsible Agency.