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Construction begins on prison upgrade, 200 jobs created

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Construction has begun on a multimillion-dollar upgrade at the Adelaide Remand Centre (ARC) as the new operators hire 200 additional employees.

The $3 million cell upgrade program at the ARC aims to bring all cells to Safe Cell compliant standards. All works are being carried out by local contractors with a goal to employ local tradespeople.

It is part of the transition to the centre’s new operators, Serco Australia, which offered all previous staff an opportunity to transfer to new jobs in the prison system.

Correctional Services Minister, Corey Wingard, said the jobs boost was exciting news for the state’s correctional system.

“Over 200 jobs have flowed to this state and the transition to Serco management of the Adelaide Remand Centre has also ensured more taxpayer dollars can be spent on the education of our kids or improving the health system rather than diverting funding to housing alleged criminals,” he said.

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Prison manager Mark Walters said the transition was now complete.

“Our staff and systems are now bedding in while the cell upgrade remains on schedule for completion later this year.

“Also, through expanded partnerships with groups including OARS and TAFE SA, we are working hard to drive down reoffending amongst the prisoners who come through the prison.”

Department of Correctional Services chief executive David Brown said performance conditions, relating to safety and reoffending, have been written into Serco’s contract for management of the ARC.

“The Department continues to monitor Serco’s management of the Adelaide Remand Centre against a number of key performance indicators,” Brown said.

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