The fastest growing prison population group in Tasmania recently has been remandees. A remandee is a person held in custody pending the outcome of a court hearing. This includes a person who has been convicted, but not yet sentenced by the courts.
Until now Tasmania has had no separate remand facility. Remandees have been housed within the general prison population across Tasmania Prison Service facilities.
The new Southern Remand Centre (SRC) is the state’s first facility designed specifically for people on remand. The SRC will allow remandees to be housed separately from sentenced offenders, in line with best practice.
Improving Tasmania’s Correctional Infrastructure
The Tasmanian Government has invested $70 million into this project.
This forms part of their commitment to maximise opportunities for rehabilitation and improve the state’s correctional facilities.
The SRC will help to reduce pressure on our prison system by significantly increasing capacity.
The SRC can accommodate up to 156 male remandees across the two units, with shared recreational spaces.
A Design Focused on Rehabilitation
The SRC design sets a new benchmark for the state’s correctional infrastructure. Key features of the state-of-the art design include:
- Use of natural light
- Connection to landscape and open spaces
- Good acoustics
- Use of colours and materials that create a rehabilitative space.
This is all achieved whilst still meeting the strict security and safety requirements of a contemporary correctional facility.
Upgrading Shared Facilities
Additional $9.34 million has been provided to upgrade shared facilities in the Risdon Prison Complex (RPC) to meet increased demands. The facility upgrades include improvements to:
- The Gatehouse
- Prisoner Processing
- Visits Centre
- The Health Centre.
Location of the SRC
The SRC is located between the existing RPC and the Mary Hutchinson Women’s Prison.
Practical completion of the Southern Remand Centre and Risdon Prison Complex upgrades occurred on April 29 2022.
Following commissioning work by the TPS, the facility was officially opened on 6 July 2022.
Frequently asked questions
Go to our FAQ’s page for more information about the new Southern Remand Centre.
Questions or comments?
Feel free to contact us at: Southern.RemandCentre@justice.tas.gov.au