The Inspector of Custodial Services will be conducting inspections of Hunter Correctional Centre and Macquarie Correctional Centre. These inspections are scheduled for December 2019 and January 2020.
Macquarie Correctional Centre is located in Wellington and became fully operational in February 2018. Hunter Correctional Centre is located in Cessnock and became fully operational in March 2018. Both are maximum security facilities with dormitory-style inmate accomodation, each with a capacity of 400 beds.
These inspections will focus on matters related to:
a. custodial conditions, including safety and security
b. the treatment, care and wellbeing of inmates, including privacy
c. the rehabilitiation of inmates, including programs, education, and preparation for release
d. reparation through inmate employment, and
e. resources and systems, including the staffing and management of each correctional centre.