Media Release

08 November 2018

O’Donohue: New Eastern Victoria Remand Centre

Thursday 8 November 2018

New Eastern Victoria Remand Centre

After four long years, Daniel Andrews has lost control of Victoria’s prison system, with riots, rising violence, a flood of contraband and prison overcrowding.

In addition to building a new 300 bed Western Victoria Remand Centre at Lara, an elected Liberal Nationals government will invest $2 million to fund a full business case for a 300 bed Eastern Victoria Remand Centre in the Dandenong industrial precinct or surrounds.

As a result of Daniel Andrews’ failure to invest in new prison infrastructure, police cells have been over flowing with both sentenced and remand prisoners that should be in jail.

Building new remand capacity, managed by Corrections Victoria, for the management of newly remanded prisoners, will relieve Victoria Police from managing prisoners on an ongoing basis and allow more police to be put back to the frontline.

Once constructed, the new Remand Centre could cut the number of prisoners in police cells at places such as Dandenong, Frankston, Ringwood, Morwell, Moorabbin, Narre Warren and elsewhere.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, Edward O’Donohue:

“Fewer prisoners being baby sat or transported by police from station to station will mean more police on the beat to prevent crime and catch criminals.

A Matthew Guy Government will put the Frontline First with police freed up to catch, rather than babysit criminals.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of the justice system and only the Liberal Nationals have a clear plan to fix it.”