Corrections Minister Anne Tolley has taken part in a sod-turning ceremony at Invercargill Prison to mark the start of a $17.9 million construction upgrade.
The building work will improve safety and security at the prison, while providing better rehabilitation and training facilities for prisoners.
Five other prisons across the country are also being upgraded at a total cost of $87 million.
Mrs Tolley said this was a significant infrastructure project for Invercargill Prison.
''...and (it) shows we are committed to increasing safety and security, and totally focused on our target of a 25 per cent reduction in reoffending by 2017 by increasing rehabilitation opportunities," she said.
Building work will be completed by the end of 2016 for:
- A new trade training facility for high security prisoners
- A rehabilitation programme room for high security prisoners
- Refurbishment of exercise yards to increase security and improve prisoner management
- Additional contraband search facilities
- Construction of a new health and at-risk unit
- A new Audio Visual Link (AVL) facility to minimise prisoner transport and court appearances, and
- Seismic strengthening
"Staff and community safety is paramount, and this building work includes important enhancements to that.''
- The Southland Times
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