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In late October only a year after the coalition had been elected the Liberal party established a New Prisons Project The new project was a first for the Victoria Penial System as traditionally the management of correctional facilities had been exclusively a Sate Government Responsibility However since the introduction of the new Government in 1992 the Liberals challenged the approach to actively pursue private investment in infrastructure and service delivery At the introduction of the New Prisons Project a director was appointed It was Mr Tony Wilsons responsibility to Co-ordinate the initiative which has been unprecedented in Australian prison history in its scope and focus The Project was designed to abolish some of the dilapidated out of date prisons and build three new modern and outsourced correctional facilities Of those being closed were Fairleas womens prison Sale and Morwell Prisons Further closures saw the doors shut behind The Coburg complex which held the Pentridge Prison and the Metropolitan Reception Prison The closing of the Metropolitan Reception Prison saw the total being brought up to 5 prison closures By the end of 1996 The Metropolitan Womens Correctional Centre was officially opened for business By the end of 1997 Fulham Correctional Centre and Mens Metropolitan Prison Port Phillip were to join and complete the list of 3 privatised prisons Since the introduction of privatised prisons there have been many contrary opinions to the intelligence of the idea Questions have been raised as to weather it is really just a profit making exercise or is it actually improving our prison system It has also been questioned as to who are the real winners in the scenario Is it the state of Victoria the prisoners or what is seemed to be the popular belief- the operators of the private prisons It seems in the change over women of Deer Park have suffered with an incident arising with the placement of a prisoner assessed as needing protection being
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