HM Melbourne Assessment Prison
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|Location||West Melbourne, Victoria|
|Capacity||305 (as at 3 June 2014)|
|Opened||6 April 1989|
|Managed by||Corrections Victoria|
The Melbourne Assessment Prison is an Australian remand and reception prison located in Spencer Street, West Melbourne, Victoria. The facility is operated by the Department of Justice, of the Victorian Government.
Function and history
The prison is also known by the nickname 'The Map'. Previously known as the Melbourne Remand Centre, the Melbourne Assessment Prison was originally built to accommodate Melbourne's remand prisoners and sits on the site of the former Western Hotel on the corner of Spencer Street and La Trobe Street just west of Melbourne's central business district.
The primary purpose of the facility is to provide statewide assessment and orientation services for all male prisoners received into the prison system.
In 1997 the prison became the main reception prison for all male prisoners in Victoria. Initial planning for the prison commenced in 1974. Construction commenced in December 1983 and was completed in 1989 at a cost of A$80m. The prison was officially opened on 6 April 1989, and received its first prisoners on 29 May 1989.
At least two prisoners have escaped from the Melbourne Assessment Prison. In one incident explosives smuggled into the unit were used to blow open the armored plastic windows of a cell, while the two inmates hid behind mattresses (see Peter Gibb). Since then steel bars have been added to the windows to prevent a repetition.
The prison has seen a small expansion of its capacity over the years and now holds 305 prisoners as of mid 2014.
- "Prison Profiles - Melbourne Assessment Prison". Department of Justice. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Mental health concerns for boxer Ellis". The Age. Australia. AAP. 31 May 2006. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- R. v Knight, 3 (VSCA 25 March 2004) (“...he was in the Melbourne Assessment Prison...”). Text
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