Deputy Premier, Minister for Justice and Dubbo MP Troy Grant today toured Wellington Correctional Centre to see working inmates and traineeships first-hand.
Mr Grant said the centre – one of Wellington’s major employers with a staff of 200 and almost 600 inmates – has a strong focus on work and training opportunities for inmates upon which he wanted the state’s prison system to build.
“Wellington Correctional Centre has a thriving prison industries program which demonstrates the rehabilitation benefits of good old-fashioned hard work,’’ said Mr Grant.
“I’d like to see more inmates working and studying throughout the correctional system and I’d like this ethos applied further across NSW.’’
Mr Grant viewed the diversity of Wellington Correctional Centre’s prisoner industries, including a bakery supplying food to prisoners across the state, light engineering, laundry, technology and assembly, recycling and waste management and packaging of inmates’ buy-ups.
“I am impressed by the fact that 414 of Wellington’s inmates are employed and 40 are undertaking traineeships,’’ he said.
“Education also features, with 260 inmates involved in education programs and 30 undertaking intensive literacy and numeracy programs.’’
Mr Grant said the prison contributed strongly to the local economy through employment and to the local community through good works.
“It’s great to see my electorate has a prison that actively engages with the community through its donation of items made by inmates to charities, fundraisers and community events,’’ he said.