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Adelaide Remand Centre
  • Gender Population: Male
  • Capacity: 247 Prisoners
  • Security Rating: Maximum
  • Address: 208 Currie St Adelaide SA 5000
The Remand Centre, located in Currie Street, Adelaide,  is capable of accommodating up to 247 male people who have been remanded in custody by the courts. About 60% of these people are released on bail or donít receive a custodial sentence. Experience indicates that a person on remand is more likely to attempt to escape or commit self harm and mainly for that reason the Remand Centre is a high security prison.

While in the Remand Centre, offenders are able to receive visits regularly and where possible special visits can and are arranged at times which are usually not convenient. Apart from exercise yards, remandees do not have any access to the outside. Their cells are in several accommodation units in which they take their meals and associate for most of the time. Remandees can chose to go to exercise yards or the recreation centre which has weight lifting equipment, a squash court, multi-purpose courts for volleyball etc, and an education centre where computer technology is taught. The Centre has its own fully equipped infirmary where nursing staff and doctors, employed by Sa Forensic Health Services, can treat most ailments although, as in the case of all prisons, if the illness or injury requires further treatment the remandee can be taken under escort to hospital.

 Males who are initially remanded in custody in Adelaide will spend the remand period in the Remand Centre unless there is a need for them to be transferred to Yatala Labour Prison which can be the case for long-term remandees. Sentenced male prisoners are initially accommodated in the assessment unit of Yatala Labour Prison for a sentence or case plan to be compiled. This plan will determine the immediate and perhaps long-term needs of the prisoner.

Yatala Labour Prison
  • Gender Population: Males and Female
  • Capacity: 395 Prisoners
  • Security Rating: Minimum/Medium/Maximum
  • Address: Peter Brown Drive Northfield SA 5085
Yatala is a high to medium security institution but it also accommodates low security prisoners who are in transit to another prison. Yatala can accommodate up to 406 prisoners all in cell blocks. The entire prison is separated into distinctive units
  • B-Division
  • E-Division
  • F-Division
  • G-Division.
B-Division accommodates high and medium security prisoners and protectees. (Protectees are prisoners who need protection from the general prison population because of their crime or they are known to be an informant; or close supervision for their own safety. Extreme cases are accommodated in G-Division.) E-Division is the assessment and induction unit. All male prisoners are initially accommodated here where they will be interviewed by experienced staff for their needs such as health and education or their potential to work. E-Division also has a small wing to which fine default prisoners are allocated. F-Division is the working division of Yatala. The unit is in close proximity to the main industry facilities of Yatala which are the largest in the SA prison system. G-Division is the highest security section of the entire prison system. It accommodates the most notorious and dangerous prisoners and those protectees who are considered in need of constant supervision. Yatala also is the base of the Prisoner Assessment Committee which sets case plans and adjudicates on all prisoner movements regarding accommodation. This committee also sets security ratings for prisoners.

Mobilong Prison (Murray Bridge)
  • Gender Population: Male
  • Capacity: 240 Prisoners
  • Security Rating: Minimum/Medium
  • Address: Maurice Rd Murray Bridge SA 5253 or Locked Bag 200 Murray Bridge SA 5253
An hourís drive east of Adelaide. Mobilong accommodates medium and low security prisoners with the emphasis on education. The prison is laid out in campus style with several accommodation units of cells. During the day prisoners are allowed open movement inside the grounds to attend education, work or programs.

Port Augusta Prison
  • Gender Population: Male and Female
  • Capacity: 270 Male and 13 Female
  • Security Rating: Minimum/Medium
  • Address: PO Box 6 Port Augusta SA 5700
This prison can accommodate up to 283 prisoners, including 13 females. The prisoner has facilities for high, medium and low security. Many of the Stateís Aboriginal prisoners are accommodated here because of the prisonís proximity to the Tribal Lands of the Far North of South Australia. Education, work and programs applicable to Aboriginal people are run here. The prison also has a small low security cottage facility from which day leave programs are run. Work crews in Mobile Outback Work Camps are dispatched from this prison to work improving national parks around South Australia.

Adelaide Pre-Release Centre
  • Gender Population: Male
  • Capacity: 70 Prisoners
  • Security Rating: Minimum
  • Address: Grand Junction Rd Northfield SA 5085 or PO Box 2042 Regency Park SA 5010
Tries to replicate community living conditions. The centre can accommodate 70 male prisoners in cottage-style units of four or five beds each. each cottage has a communal kitchen, bathrooms, toilets and living area. Prisoners also have access to outside barbecues. They are supplied with rations on a weekly basis and are required to fend for themselves. Prisoners are granted leave to attend work and education or programs which is designed to ease them back into the community.

Adelaide Women's Prison
  • Gender Population: Female
  • Capacity: 71 Prisoners
  • Security Rating: Minimum/Medium/Maximum
  • Address: 208 Currie St Adelaide SA 5000
The Adelaide Womenís Prison has two main sections - mainstream, which accommodates high, medium and low security and remand prisoners, and the Living Skills Unit for low security women. They are distinctly separated areas which in total accommodate 71 women. Mainstream has cellblock accommodation while the LSU is for women closing on a release date who are given opportunities to develop skills through special programming. This may consist of education or work programs available outside the prison and special development programs that are run inside the prison. These women live in transportable units each containing their own kitchen, toilets and bathroom. Women accommodated here are responsible for all their own domestic needs using stores supplied by the prison. There are four of these units available for use by nursing mothers. These special units consist of a bedroom for the mother, a nursery for her baby and a living area which includes a kitchen/dining room. Prisoners in the LSU also have an industries facility available for work. This includes a manufacturing line producing items for private industry. It is from the Living Skills Unit that most women will be released. The Mainstream unit also has one nursery cell available similar to that in the LSU. Mainstream prisoners are eligible for vocational training programs held within the prison and education programs are also available.

Mount Gambier Prison
  • Gender Population: Male
  • Capacity: 110 Prisoners
  • Security Rating: Minimum/Medium
  • Address: PO Box 1498 Mount Gambier SA 5290
The Mount Gambier Prison is the newest institution in SA and it is the first to be privately managed. The United Kingdom based international corporation, Group 4, was awarded the contract in late 1995. Group 4 conducts the day to day running of the prison but because of legislative requirements, the Department maintains a General Manager and small supervisory staff. Mount Gambier is capable of accommodating 110 prisoners in both cottages and cellblock units. All prisoners are placed on behaviour contracts based on incentives. Breaches of these conditions results in prisoners being returned to a contract with the least privileges being available. The Management has negotiated an agreement with the Mount Gambier City Council to supply low security prisoners to carry out Restorative Justice work on a variety of community projects throughout the region around Mount Gambier. In 1998 prisoners under the instruction of a local builder constructed an education centre within the prison. The work was also attached to a vocational course which resulted in prisoners learning building skills they can implement when released.
Cadell Training Centre
  • Gender Population: Male
  • Capacity: 140 Prisoners
  • Security Rating: Minimum
  • Address: Community Bag Cadell SA 5321
Cadell Training Centre is located approximately 180 km north-east of Adelaide and is situated on the River Murray 10km from Morgan. Cadell accommodates up to 140 low security prisoners in various styles of accommodation including a cellblock, cottages and a dormitory. Apart from the mainstream prison population, Cadell operates a specialist program. Operation Challenge is a highly structured program targeting young men who have had limited exposure to the adult prison system. This program runs for 17 weeks and incorporates a mixture of education, programs, physical fitness and a significant component of community work programs.  All Cadell Training Centre prisoners take part in a structured day. The majority of prisoners work on the institution's farm. The primary functions of the farm include a dairy, which packages milk for distribution to other prisons, citrus production and olive growing, a relatively new initiative. A significant focus for Cadell Training Centre is in the area of Restorative Justice. Community work projects conducted by Cadell prisoners include, but are not restricted to, environmental work on Troubridge, Althorpe and Kangaroo Islands, local cemetery upgrades and establishment of local wetlands.

Port Lincoln Prison
  • Gender Population: Male
  • Capacity: 64 Prisoners
  • Security Rating: Minimum/Medium
  • Address: PO Box 441 Port Lincoln SA 5606
Port Lincoln Prison can accommodate 64 low and medium security prisoners, most of whom work on the large land holdings totalling about 400ha. Much of the land is dedicated to crop farming but sheep, cattle and pigs are also raised. More lately the farm has also begun hydroponic vegetable production. A large amount of this produce is used within the prison system but Port Lincoln has also established solid markets for local supply through private markets. Restorative Justice programs also operate from Port Lincoln. Low Security prisoners have been involved in projects to refurbish parts of the local marina and other projects are planned.
James Nash House
  • Gender Population: Male and Female
  • Capacity: 30 Prisoners
  • Security Rating: Maximum
  • Address: PO Box 233 Greenacres SA 5086
This is a a high security unit for psychologically disturbed people.
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