Metropolitan Remand Centre
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The Metropolitan Remand Centre (abbreviated and commonly referred to as MRC) is an Australian prison located at Ravenhall, Victoria, approximately 20 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD on the Western Freeway (Deer Park Bypass). The prison is a maximum security remand facility which opened in April 2006 and is operated by the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation.
The majority of MRC's inmates are held awaiting the outcome of their court case, some inmates have been sentenced and are waiting for appeals to be heard and a small number are sentenced prisoners transferred to free up beds at HM Melbourne Assessment Prison.
Accommodation consists of four 75-bed general (mainstream) units, one 100-bed protection unit (called Deakin), 200 beds in various units allocated for special needs such as vulnerable or young adult prisoners and a 13-bed management unit.
Two new units were built and commissioned in late 2014.
The protection unit is divided into 3 areas (A, B and C) which are separated by the officer's post. Being located centrally, officers can monitor activities in each area at a glance.
On 30 June 2015, prisoners at the centre rioted, the day before the implementation of a smoking ban across all prisons in Victoria. Inmates attacked guards, broke into a control room, lit fires and rammed doors. Corrections Victoria locked down all Victorian prisons as the Victoria Police Special Operations Group and Tactical Response Unit entered the MRC to regain control of the facility.
- "Prison Profiles - Metropolitan Remand Centre". Department of Justice. August 6, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
- "Prisoners riot at Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall". The Age. Fairfax Media. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
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