The Tasmania Prison Service (TPS) contributes to a safer Tasmania by keeping in secure custody those sentenced by the Courts, and providing the best opportunity for prisoners to stop re-offending within a secure, safe and decent environment that reflects the values and opportunities of the wider community it serves.
The TPS work in partnership with a range of State, community, private and voluntary organisations to deliver this service for the betterment of the Tasmanian community.
Prison facilities are located at Risdon Vale, Hobart, and Launceston. These facilities provide care and custody, at various levels of security, for prisoners and people remanded in custody. In Hobart and Launceston, the Reception Prisons also hold people in police custody. The TPS provides secure transport between prison facilities, and courts.
Currently the TPS is working through a Change Program that concentrates on continual improvement, development of processes, and implementation of cultural change.
On 31st January 2015 the TPS became a smoke-free workplace. This means that all TPS prison facilities are now smoke-free. Additionally, there is no smoking anywhere on prison property.
The first live-in drug and alcohol facility in the TPS was officially opened in July 2015.
The Alcohol and Drug Treatment Unit offers prisoners a live-in program which addresses the biological, psychological and social triggers of an individual’s addictive behaviour to help address drug and alcohol use.
The Apsley unit, which was built as part of the recent redevelopment at the prison, was found to be ideally suited to the operation of a residential alcohol and drug treatment program.
The Artists with Conviction exhibition is an annual event providing prisoners within TPS facilities, as well as offenders serving orders with Community Corrections, with the opportunity to display their works of art and written pieces in the community. Artists with Conviction is an important aspect of the TPS Sport and Recreation program.
The 2017 Artists With Conviction exhibition will be held at the Mawson’s Waterside Pavilion (on Argyle Street in Hobart). The exhibition will run between Friday 3rd and Sunday 12th November 2017.
Kid's Days are a time for mums and dads in prison to have a special visit with their children, to have fun together, and create some great memories. Each Kid's Day is based on a different theme, with lots of activities and games to keep everyone entertained. The Program is operated by the Christian Family Centre in conjunction with the TPS.
The next Kid's Days will be held in 2017 – as per the following:
Risdon Prison Complex (9-11am and 1-3pm)
Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison (1-3pm)
Mary Hutchison Women's Prison (12-2pm)