Acacia Prison

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Acacia Prison
Acacia Prison is located in Western Australia
Acacia Prison
Location in Western Australia
Location Wooroloo, Western Australia, 50 km east of Perth
Coordinates 31°50′06″S 116°20′27″E / 31.8351°S 116.3409°E / -31.8351; 116.3409Coordinates: 31°50′06″S 116°20′27″E / 31.8351°S 116.3409°E / -31.8351; 116.3409
Status Operational
Security class Medium (Male)
Capacity 1433
Opened 5 May 2001
Managed by Serco

Acacia Prison[1] is a medium security prison facility located in Wooroloo, Western Australia. The prison was opened in May 2001.

Acacia was the first privately managed prison in Western Australia and was managed by Australian Integration Management Services Corporation (AIMS Corp) for its first five years of operation. Since May 2006 it has been managed by Serco. The prison currently employs over 300 custodial officers and more than 200 non-custodial staff to run day-to-day operation.

The prison provides open campus-style living. Prisoners use fingerprint recognition technology to move within the boundaries of the prison as well as gaining access to their bank accounts and purchasing goods. The prison has a self-care and pre-self section where prisoners cook and clean for themselves. In 2008 the prison began adding additional bunks to cells, increasing capacity from 800 to 1000.

Acacia Prison has an education unit run by custodial and non-custodial staff including teachers, psychologists, criminologists, resettlement staff and reintegration officers. They teach a range of classes including violence against women, violent offender treatment programs, domestic violence, drug and alcohol programs and "think first" classes.

Acacia Prison is currently undergoing a $100 million expansion to increase prison capacity from 1000 to 1387, set for completion in 2015. As of 2015, Acacia Prison will be the largest prison in Australia and the southern hemisphere.[citation needed]

Serco won the contract[2] to operate the prison after a tender that involved submissions from AIMS, MTC and Serco. Serco's contract goes out for tender on 16 May 2016.