John Morony Correctional Complex

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John Morony Correctional Complex
Location Berkshire Park, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°39′6.68″S 150°47′2.73″E / 33.6518556°S 150.7840917°E / -33.6518556; 150.7840917Coordinates: 33°39′6.68″S 150°47′2.73″E / 33.6518556°S 150.7840917°E / -33.6518556; 150.7840917
Status Operational
Security class Maximum, medium, minimum (male and female)
Capacity 200 (JMCC)
200 (Dillwynia)
Opened (JMCC)
2004 (Dillwynia)
Managed by Corrective Services NSW

John Morony Correctional Complex, an Australian maximum and minimum security prison complex for males and females, is located in Berkshire Park, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Windsor in New South Wales, Australia. The complex is operated by Corrective Services NSW, an agency of the Department of Attorney General and Justice, of the Government of New South Wales.

The complex comprises three separate correctional facilities including the John Morony Correctional Centre (a medium security correctional centre for men); the Outer Metropolitan Multi Purpose Correctional Centre (a minimum security correctional centre for men); and Dillwynia Correctional Centre (a medium security correctional centre for women).[1][2]

The complex accepts prisoners charged and convicted under New South Wales and/or Commonwealth legislation.

Additional administrative units of Corrective Services NSW are located on-site including the Security & Intelligence Branch, the Specialised Training Unit, the Drug Detector Dog Unit and the Pre Release Programs Unit.

The complex is named after a former commissioner, John Morony, who rose up through the ranks from a prison officer to become Comptroller General of the New South Wales Department of Corrective Services. He retired in 1971 and took up a position on the New South Wales Parole Board, which he had been instrumental in setting up.[3] The complex is built over the former boys' home "Daruk Training School for Boys". In 1960, "Daruk" Training School at Windsor was opened, and school age juvenile offenders were sent here leaving Mount Penang to train the older boys. From this time, schooling was on a voluntary basis.

John Morony Correctional Centre[edit]

The John Morony Correctional Centre, an Australian medium security facility for male offenders, is located within the complex. The complex has a world-famous wildlife centre which gives inmates the chance to work with the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) and Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services, caring for injured, orphaned and sick animals.[1] Web pages for those two services make no mention of the John Morony centre.

Outer Metropolitan Multi Purpose Correctional Centre[edit]

The Outer Metropolitan Multi Purpose Correctional Centre, an Australian minimum security facility for male offenders, is located within the complex. A special program unit attached to the Centre, called the RSCPA NSW – CS NSW Dog Rehabilitation Program. This program rehabilitates dogs for re-housing and offers specialised offender educational opportunities.[4] The Dog Rehabilitation Program is conducted under the supervision of correctional officers who also have access to training and development opportunities related to animal studies.[5]

Dillwynia Correctional Centre[edit]

The Dillwynia Women's Correctional Centre, an Australian medium security facility for female offenders, is located within the complex.[6] Dillwynia was opened in 2004 as the first purpose built female correctional facility in New South Wales and was specially constructed to meet the needs and demands of the increasing female population. The proposal to build Dillwynia had prompted great outcry from women's organisations and led to the Legislative Council inquiry 'The Select Committee on the Increase in Prisoner Population'.[2][7]

A special program unit is attached to the Centre, called the Greyhounds as Pets Program. This collaborative project between Corrective Services NSW and Greyhound Racing NSW rehabilitates greyhounds for re-housing and offers specialised offender educational opportunities. The Greyhounds as Pets Program is conducted under the supervision of correctional officers who also have access to training and development opportunities related to animal studies.[5]

A Gloria Jean's Coffees shop is included in the visitor area but is no longer operational.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "John Morony". Correctional Centres. Corrective Services NSW. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Key moments in Penal Culture in NSW 1970 - present". The Australian Prisons Project. The University of New South Wales. 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Morony, John Arthur (1974). A handbook of parole in New South Wales. New South Wales Government Printer. p. 174. ISBN 978-0-7240-0612-0. 
  4. ^ "Outer Metropolitan Multi Purpose Correctional Centre". Correctional Centres. Corrective Services NSW. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "RSPCA NSW/CSNSW Dog Rehabilitation Program" (PDF). The Office of the Commissioner of Corrective Services and RSPCA NSW. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dillwynia". Correctional Centres. Corrective Services NSW. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "New South Wales correctional facilities: Dillwynia Correctional Centre". Australian correctional agencies and facilities. Australian Government: Australian Institute of Criminology. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2012.