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Victoria’s Largest Prison to Close

Port Philip Prison to close

Port Phillip and Dhurringile Prisons Set to Shut as State Unveils Major Correctional Overhaul

The Port Phillip Prison, Victoria’s largest maximum-security facility located in Truganina, will close by December 31 next year. This move is part of a broader initiative to improve correctional facilities across the state, with inmates set to be transferred to a new $1.1 billion facility.

In addition to Port Phillip, Dhurringile Prison near Shepparton will also shut its doors in the coming months. A new 1200-bed Western Plains facility in Lara, north-east of Geelong, will accommodate the prisoners from both closing institutions.

The decision to close these prisons comes as part of the state’s efforts to provide better facilities for those in custody. Staff at both Port Phillip and Dhurringile will be given the option to transition into new roles within the justice system or accept redundancy packages. Port Phillip Prison, currently operated by global security firm G4S, had its contract extended for 20 years in 2017.

Port Philip Prison Truganina

Minister for Corrections Enver Erdogan emphasized the importance of this transition for improving the correctional system. “This move is about delivering better facilities for people in custody,” said Erdogan. “I want to thank our staff at Dhurringile and G4S staff at Port Phillip Prison for the vital work they do every day in keeping people in custody and the community safe. They will be supported during this transition and be provided opportunities to take up new roles.”

Port Phillip Prison houses several high-profile inmates, including Frankston serial killer Paul Denyer and Hoddle Street killer Julian Knight. The process of transferring prisoners will take place over the next 18 months, ensuring a smooth and secure transition.

The closure of these facilities marks a significant shift in Victoria’s correctional landscape, aiming to enhance the safety and effectiveness of the state’s prison system while supporting the staff who maintain these crucial operations.

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