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Below is a list of news stories published on the Corrections, Prisons & Parole website.

If you require access to a story from previous years, please contact Corrections Victoria using the website feedback form.


Entrance and outside of Hopkins Correctional Centre

Prisoner and offender data

20 December 2016

A range of additional statistical data about prisoners and offenders in Victoria, which will be regularly updated in future, was added to the website in December 2016.

Representives from Barwon prison, Box Hill TAFE, Geelong East primary school and St Vincent de Paul

Barwon prisoners' work donated to local primary schools

6 December 2016

Geelong East Primary School is one of five schools in the Geelong area to receive new art aprons, pencil cases and library bags thanks to the work of prisoners at the Barwon Prison Textile Industry.

Front entrance of Karreenga

Karreenga annexe opening

20 September 2016

The 216-bed Karreenga annexe at Marngoneet Correctional Centre has been officially opened – improving community safety, creating more than 150 new jobs and accommodating medium security male prisoners.

Community Workers

Community Correctional Services expansion

20 September 2016

The next exciting phase of Corrections Victoria's Community Correctional Services expansion has commenced, with the launch of a new careers site ( and the advertising of all new positions.

photo of a prison van

Prisoner transport services contract awarded

25 August 2016

The Victorian Government has announced the awarding of the new contract for the transport of prisoners between courts, prisons, youth justice centres and police stations.

Staff at Dame Phullis Frost Centre

Women's prison marks 20 years of service to the Victorian community

25 August 2016

Victoria’s only maximum security women’s prison marked the significant milestone of 20 years of operation on Monday, 22 August 2016. The Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC) – originally named the Metropolitan Women’s Correctional Centre – opened in 1996 and was later renamed in honour of Dame Phyllis Frost, a tireless advocate for the rights of women prisoners, who died in 2004. The prison now houses about 400 prisoners, more than three times its initial capacity.

Photo of Jan Shuard at Conference

International Corrections and Prisons Association Conference 2015

7 December 2015

he 17th annual conference of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) was held in Melbourne in the week of 26-30 October 2015, hosted by Corrections Victoria Commissioner Jan Shuard. This was undoubtedly the biggest conference that corrections in Victoria has ever hosted, and it turned out to be a great success.

Two women prisoners making poppies

Women prisoners make poppies for Anzac Day

5 May 2015

A group of women prisoners at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre in Melbourne has spent the last year crocheting and knitting poppies for this year’s Anzac Day remembrance.

A picture of a new prison

Victorian Budget outcomes 2016-17

28 April 2015

Corrections Victoria has been allocated $401 million funding to provide-much needed support for prisons and Community Correctional Services to better protect the community from high-risk offenders, respond to growth in the number of offenders and reduce reoffending, as well as upgrading the Metropolitan Remand Centre to full functionality.

Jan Shuard on right with some winners

Community Work Partnership Awards

16 May 2014

The Corrections Commissioner, Jan Shuard PSM, hosted the 2014 Community Work Partnership Awards in Melbourne on Wednesday, 8 October 2014. These annual awards recognise and celebrate partnerships between local communities and Corrections Victoria that contribute to the reparation, rehabilitation and reduction of reoffending by offenders and prisoners. The awards were established in 1999 and are open to all Victorian prisons and Community Correctional Services offices.

A prison visit room

New videos about visiting family or friends in prison

19 February 2014

A new video series providing information on how to visit a family member or friend in prison is now available.

Reports into the management of parolees

Reports into the management of parolees

22 August 2013

Two reports into the management of parolees in Victoria were released on 22 August 2013. Copies of the reports are available in our publications section.

Passive alert dog at training

Using man’s best friend to enhance prison security

20 June 2013

Passive Alert Dog (PAD) training courses have been conducted in Victoria since 1998, and fully-trained dogs and their handlers make an important contribution to security in Victoria’s prison system.

Toys and photo frames made by prisoners for their children

Prisoners complete parenting program

10 May 2013

Seven male prisoners from Marngoneet Correctional Centre's Spring Hill Neighbourhood have completed the Inside Parenting Program. The prison hosted a graduation day on Friday 10 May

Graduates pose wearing gowns and holding their degrees

New system for managing sex offenders

16 April 2013

A system of specialist case managers (SCMs) has been developed by Corrections Victoria's Sex Offender Management Branch to more effectively manage sex offenders who are serving community-based orders

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