Around 40 young offenders will be sent to Barwon Prison in the coming days following rioting at the Parkville Youth Justice Centre.
The Andrews Labor Government has today gazetted a secure unit within the prison to operate as a youth remand centre and youth justice custodial centre.
The Departments of Justice and Regulation and Health and Human Services along with Corrections Victoria and Victoria Police are working to finalise the movement of around 40 young offenders from the Parkville facility.
All steps taken to do this are consistent with relevant legislation and Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.
The young offenders will continue to be managed by DHHS staff under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, with Corrections Victoria officers available to assist if required.
The young offenders will be housed in a separate, secure facility within the prison away from the mainstream population – ensuring no interaction with adult prisoners.
DHHS staff will continue to provide them with the usual range of support programs.
This temporary measure will allow further fortification works to be undertaken at the Parkville precinct. As this work continues, a business case examining Victoria’s long-term youth justice infrastructure needs will be completed.
The Parkville precinct was built in the 90’s to a residential standard. We will build a modern facility that’s fit-for-purpose to manage the behaviours of the young people who are coming into the system.
Quote attributable to Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney
“Our priority is for these young offenders to be housed in secure accommodation away from the mainstream prison population. By having a dedicated unit – we will make that happen.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos
“The safety of the community is paramount.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is sending a very clear message that this disgraceful behaviour won’t be tolerated.”