Prisons in Victoria

Overview

In Victoria, there are 11 publicly operated prisons (listed below), three privately operated prisons (Fulham Correctional Centre, Port Phillip Prison and Ravenhall Correctional Centre) and one transition centre (Judy Lazarus Transition Centre).

Across these prisons, there is range of accommodation and facilities, varying security arrangements and different programs.

The two youth justice facilities in Victoria are the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre (Parkville) and the Malsbury Youth Justice Centre (Malmsbury).

The correctional facilities in Victoria are the Barwon Prison (Lara); Beechworth Correctional Centre (Beechworth); Dame Phyllis Frost Centre – women only (Ravenhall); Dhurringile Prison (Murchison); Fulham Correctional Centre (Fulham); Hopkins Correctional Centre (Ararat); Judy Lazarus Transition Centre (West Melbourne); Karreenga annexe (Lara); Langi Kal Kal Prison (Langi Kal Kal); Loddon Prison Precinct (Castlemaine); Marngoneet Correctional Centre (Lara); Middleton Annexe (Castlemaine); Melbourne Assessment Prison (West Melbourne); Metropolitan Remand Centre (Ravenhall); Port Phillip Prison (Truganina); Ravenhall Correctional Centre (Ravenhall); Tarrengower Prison – women only (Maldon); Corella Place (Ararat); and Emu Creek Homestead Residential Facility (Langi Kal Kal).

The two secure residential facilities in Victoria are Corella Place and the Rivergum Residential Treatment Centre. Secure residential facilities accommodate serious sex offenders and serious violent offencers. These facilities are relevant to the Continued Detention Scheme.

Prisons’ psychiatric facilities

General practitioners and qualified mental health nurses provide mental health care at all prisons in Victoria. Most prisons also receive specialist support from visiting psychiatrists.

Prisoners who require compulsory mental health care are transferred to the Thomas Embling Hospital under the Mental Health Act 1986 (Vic). Compulsory treatment is not provided in prisons in Victoria. (For more information, seeCompulsory mental health treatment and compulsory patients” in Mental illness.)

For male prisoners, the Acute Assessment Unit at the Melbourne Assessment Prison is a special mental health unit that provides ongoing treatment for male prisoners with serious psychiatric conditions. The St Paul’s Unit at the Port Phillip Prison provides a recovery and rehabilitation program for adult male prisoners with significant mental health issues. Male prisoners can also access ongoing treatment for psychiatric problems at the Thomas Embling Hospital. Ravenal Correctional Centre has inpatient and outpatient forensic mental health services.

Female prisoners with serious psychiatric problems who require ongoing treatment can treated in the Marrmak Unit at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, or in the Thomas Embling Hospital.