Junee Correctional Centre:
Reducing Reoffending through Innovation
Junee Correctional Centre is located in Junee, New South Wales, 40 kilometres north-east of Wagga Wagga.
Junee has been continually managed by GEO on behalf of Corrective Services NSW since opening in 1993. It is New South Wales' largest regional correctional centre.
Junee’s primary role is to safely and securely house 790 adult male prisoners and progress their sentence plans by delivering a comprehensive range of educational, training, vocational and cognitive-behavioural programs. Together, these lower a prisoner’s risk of reoffending.
The team at Junee achieves exceptionally high levels of prisoner engagement with its rehabilitative interventions. This includes developing strategies that encourage and enable previously-marginalised prisoner groups such as Indigenous Australians and the chronically ill to participate.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Junee Correctional Centre 2015 GEO Youth in Focus Scholarships.
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General Manager's Message
"Junee Correctional Centre is considered by our staff to be the flagship of the Group and we are very proud of our achievements over the last 20 years of operations.
We aspire to deliver the best possible correctional services, full of innovation, that assist our prisoners in gaining meaningful employment following release in order to reduce reoffending.
As the major employer in the area, we play an integral part in supporting the local community. Also, our prisoner community workers provide 1,400 labour hours per month assisting the local council, churches, community houses and other organisations. Additionally, our community donations go to assist several educational scholarships, local fundraisers and junior sporting clubs.
Junee is committed to Better Corrections, Safer Communities."
Scott Brideoake, Junee Correctional Centre General Manager
Junee’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity has so far seen three houses prefabricated inside the prison for transport and donation to local families in need. The pride and commitment of prisoners involved in building these houses is inspirational, and prisoner participants speak of the program's influence on their attitude to the community and its safety.
Using exercise and education to improve the health of prisoners and so reduce their dependence on the community's health resources, Junee's innovative and award-winning Healthy Inside program has been proven to also increase participation rates amongst prisoners to other programs such as those that address drug use and violence.
Junee's signature XIT 180 work placement program has delivered a reduction in reoffending amongst its prisoners. With a reoffending rate of well under 10 per cent, XIT 180 has transformed the lives of many prisoners, and helped build a safer community.
Junee performs well against key correctional indicators.
Responding to a gap in provision, and research that suggested prisoners often lack pro-social role models, Junee's unique What Makes a Man program uses interviews from 15 famous Australians, as virtual mentors. What Makes a Man a Man is garnering national and international interest.