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Expanding Victoria's prison system

The Department of Justice and Regulation is examining a number of options to manage the ongoing growth of the prison population in Victoria, which has increased by approximately 50 per cent over the last five years.

The planning is important to manage this growth. We are looking at a range of possible sites for new facilities, including land within the vicinity of the existing prison precinct at Lara. At this very early stage of the project planning process we have had initial discussions with some land owners.

Engaging with the community is an important part of this process and the Department is committed to keeping the community informed as the project progresses. A letter is being sent out to Lara residents outlining the initial project planning activity.

You can register your email address by emailing and we will keep you up to date on progress.

The official media release about the expansion of the prison system can be accessed at: