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Prison Institutions

In South Australia there are nine adult prisons (officially called correctional institutions) in operation.

While the Adelaide Remand Centre is the principal place for prisoners who are held on remand, it also holds sentenced prisoners and various of the other prisons hold both remand and sentenced prisoners.

The capacity of the prisons increased when single cells were converted to double cells.

The following is a brief description of the current capacity of, and the classes of prisoners held in, these institutions:

  • Adelaide Remand Centre can hold up to 267 prisoners (remand and/or sentenced)
  • Cadell Training Centre can hold up to 167 low security male prisoners
  • Mobilong Prison can hold up to 327 medium and low security male prisoners
  • Mount Gambier Prison can hold up to 172 male and female high, medium and low security prisoners
  • Adelaide Women's Prison can hold up to 148 female prisoners
  • Adelaide Pre-Release Centre can hold up to 60 low security male prisoners
  • Port Augusta Prison can hold up to 392 male and female high, medium and low security prisoners
  • Port Lincoln Prison can hold up to 90 medium and low security prisoners
  • Yatala Labour Prison can hold up to 468 medium security prisoners

The Chief Executive of the Department may make rules for the prison [see Correctional Services Act 1982 s 83]. Breaches of these rules are not offences carrying punishment, see Breaches of regulations.

The Minister for Correctional Services must arrange for prisons to be inspected regularly [Correctional Services Act 1982 s 20(1)]. An inspector has an unrestricted right of entry to any part of a prison and can ask anyone any questions concerning the prison and the treatment of the prisoners [see Correctional Services Act 1982 s 20(4)].

Prisoners are entitled to make complaints to an inspector, which the inspector must investigate. The inspector must send a report on the complaint and may make recommendations to the Minister [see Correctional Services Act 1982 s 20(6)].

All judges and magistrates are entitled to inspect a prison at any reasonable time [see Correctional Services Act 1982 s 87].

Prison Institutions  :  Last Revised: Mon Nov 19th 2012
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