Opened in 1996, the centre has a total capacity for 400 inmates in a variety of security classifications. The centre serves as the main maximum security prison for the Northern Territory. Within a secure compound, up to 316 inmates are accommodated. In a low security environment, located outside the main perimeter fence, 84 units operate with minimal supervision.
An active art program at the centre enables inmates to develop art and business skills. All proceeds from the sale of art works go to victims of crime and support prison programs.