World-Leading Continuum of Care
Opening in late 2017, Ravenhall Prison redefines the role of the modern prison. Through providing Better Corrections, Ravenhall Prison contributes to Safer Victorian Communities.
Through delivery of world-leading Continuum of Care services, prisoners are guided and supported in breaking free from their cycle of reoffending. New models for the management of prisoners coupled with unprecedented levels of pre and post-release support help identify and tackle the causes of crime.
Through investment in opportunities for prisoners to engage in work, education and programs, prisoners are not only held safely and securely but given every chance to turn their lives around. Issues behind much of the crime in our communities – such as violent attitudes, anti-social behaviours and the abuse of drugs and alcohol – are addressed through innovative programs and interventions. At the same time helping ex-prisoners with day-to-day challenges such as gaining and holding down honest employment and finding a suitable place to live also help prevent a return to crime.
To bring about this step-change in modern correctional management Ravenhall Prison brings together a number of Victoria’s most respected voluntary organisations in a unique Alliance. The YMCA, Melbourne City Mission, Kangan Institute, and The Gathering Place work with the prison’s operator – GEO – to bring about lasting positive change in the lives of prisoners and ex-prisoners. Through these partnerships the
objective of Safer Victorian Communities is achieved.
Ravenhall Prison will initially hold 1,000 adult male prisoners, with the capacity to accommodate up to 1,300 prisoners, to meet potential future demand. Key features of Ravenhall Prison include a 75-bed Forensic Mental Health Unit, and a 25-bed Close Supervision Unit, allowing for the safe and effective management of prisoners with mental health disorders and challenging and complex behaviours.
In an Australian-first, Ravenhall Prison introduces a payment-by-results model, based on a reduction in reoffending rates.
GEO is part of the GEO Consortium, awarded the contract in September 2014 to Design, Build, Finance and Manage Ravenhall Prison.
Construction of Ravenhall Prison commenced in early 2015.
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Ravenhall Prison offers a range of career opportunities.
Whether an experienced correctional professional looking for the next challenge, or a person entering into the correctional industry for the first time, Ravenhall Prison provides an exciting, unique and world-leading working environment.
As a member of the Ravenhall Prison team, you have the opportunity to play your part in a prison that redefines modern correctional practice. With an international profile and introducing new and innovative strategies to manage offenders and reduce reoffending your work will contribute to Better Corrections, Safer Communities.
In addition to custodial roles Ravenhall Prison offers a number of non-custodial positions, including:
To find out more about what it’s like to work for GEO click here.
Recruitment for Ravenhall Prison is anticipated to start in mid-2016. If you would like to be kept informed of the project’s progress, and be advised when applications open, please complete an Expression of Interest here.
Ravenhall’s partnership with the YMCA, Melbourne City Mission, Kangan Institute and The Gathering Place to form the Ravenhall Alliance ushers in a new model for the pre and post-release reintegration of prisoners. Through targeted, tangible assistance with day-to-day issues such as employment and housing – issues that if left unresolved can often cause the ex-prisoner to slip back into offending – the Ravenhall Alliance plays a critical part in achieving the prison’s objective to help create Safer Victorian Communities.
Ravenhall’s programs and interventions are new and innovative, and targeted a prisoner groups at particular risk of reoffending. Prisoner groups such as younger prisoners, prisoners with mental health disorders, and prisoners with histories of challenging – often violent – behaviours are housed in specialised units and benefit from specialised treatments that are world-leading. This investment in robustly tackling offending during the sentence reduces the likelihood of future crimes occurring, whilst also reducing future financial and social costs on the Victorian community.
Ravenhall provides 1,000 beds, capacity Victoria needs to maintain its highly effective correctional system. Delivered through an innovative and cost effective design that balances the need for safe and secure custody whilst providing rehabilitative activities and opportunities for selected prisoners to practice self-management, Ravenhall delivers to Victorians a truly world-class correctional facility.
Ravenhall’s payment-by-result system ensures the highest levels of accountability to the Victorian taxpayer. Rewarded on the basis of a measure of reoffending amongst prisoners released from the prison the payment-by-results system means the prison remains focussed on the objective of Safer Victorian Communities and continually seeks new ways to reduce the risk of future crimes occurring.
Ravenhall’s unique services, interventions and programs respond to the needs of a range of prisoner groups. Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage by responding to the challenges faced by Indigenous ex-prisoners is a particular area of focus, as is meeting the challenge offered by prisoners serving shorter sentences. With little time to address often deep-seated needs Ravenhall responds through high intensity programs and community-based services so that progress made during the sentence can be continued and built upon.