The Government has said that it will build a $1 billion, 1800-bed prison to house the growing prison population. Does TOP support building this prison?
We do not have enough information on the condition of the prison estate to have a clear view on whether the new prison should be built. It may be better to build a new prison and retire older prisons. However, at this point we are not convinced. If we reversed the effects of the Bail Amendment Act 2013 as TOP proposes, that would largely make building the new prison unnecessary. We are also concerned that when it comes to prisons, supply creates its own demand. If there is a new 1800-bed prison, it will be filled.