25 September 2023

Security unit unlocked for terrorists

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A new high-security unit to house extremist and terrorism-related offenders has been officially opened at the Goulburn Correctional Complex in the Southern Tablelands.

The 46-bed High Risk Management Correctional Centre Two is part of a $47 million allocation for countering terrorism and radicalisation in the prison system.

Minister for Corrections, Anthony Roberts said his biggest priority was keeping the community safe.

“This new unit ensures extremist, terrorism-related and high-risk offenders will be held in one of the most secure facilities in Australia,” Mr Roberts said.

“The new unit will act as a ‘step-down unit’ from Supermax to house the offenders who have demonstrated a commitment to disengage from radical behaviour, allowing us to combat extremist narratives and challenge ideology.”

Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) is currently managing 41 inmates charged or convicted of terrorism-related offences.

Commissioner for CSNSW, Peter Severin said the new unit included enhanced security features, including high-definition digital CCTV cameras, thermal-imaging cameras and a high-voltage electric fence.

“These security measures will ensure inmates remain securely inside the facility, but will also stop contraband from getting into the prison,” Mr Severin said.

“We’ve also installed a purpose-built control room so our frontline officers can securely and safely manage the facility using advanced access-control systems and up-to-date cell communication channels.”

He said the Justice Infrastructure and Assets unit was also increasing the number of beds at the High Risk Management Correctional Centre in Goulburn from 56 to 75.

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