4 - 5 December, 2017 | Royce Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

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Exploring the Acacia Prison Redevelopment

In this presentation from the Prison Design and Development Summit 2016 Marayca Lopez, Senior Corrections Analyst and Planner at CGL/Ricci Greene Associates explores:

  • Experimenting with innovative spatial concepts to better align the physical plant of correctional facilities with the concept of humane treatment and contemporary priorities of inmate rehabilitation and successful reintegration.
  • Discovering the social dimension of architecture and the power of correctional buildings as an alternative solution to moving current penitentiary systems forward
  • Optimal spatial attributes of a prison in which architecture and rehabilitative ideals can operate in harmony
  • Exploring reform-oriented design concepts

The Role of Modern Facility Design in Correctional Reform

In this presentation from the Prison Design and Development Summit 2016 Andrew Beck, Director of Operations Justice at Serco explores:

  • Designing for efficiency: the importance of engaging all stakeholders early in the design process
  • How to ensure this effective engagement and open the lines of communication
  • Generating cost and efficiency savings through comprehensive project management techniques 

Designing for rehabilitation: Identifying significant demands and developing that space

In this presentation from the Prison Design and Development Summit 2016 Sarah Paddick, Architect/Director at Totalspace Design explores:

  • Reducing institutionalisation: the most important aspects of design for rehabilitation in women’s prisons
  • Increasing the quality of environment: designing options for independence and more normalised living
  • Encouragement and support of socialization and interaction
  • The operational context: allowing for more efficient and effective management through design
  • Designing for in cell communication
  • Refurbishing existing prison buildings and making the best use of infrastructure with limited funding
  • Managing the use of prisoner labour on a construction project: opportunities and challenges
  • Re-engaging with the broader community and increasing awareness

National Media

Plans unveiled for Australia's largest prison

A prison slated for construction near Grafton in northern New South Wales will have beds for a total of 1,700 men, women and minimum security inmates.

Once completed, it will be the largest correctional facility in the country.

NSW Corrections Minister David Elliott announced the prison would be built and operated by consortium Northern Pathways comprising Serco, John Laing, John Holland and Macquarie Capital.

New Zealand Tries a Different Kind of Private Prison

A new high-security facility in Auckland flips the incentives on for-profit incarceration to keep inmates from returning.

High-Tech Lockup: Inside 4 Next-Gen Prison Security Systems

No amount of innovation will change the fact that prisons are unhappy places. But the constant threat of violence is an unintended consequence of gathering thousands of criminals in the same facility. Add an economic incentive of contraband sales and the intrusions needed to halt them, and the stage is set for explosive violence.

Internet of incarceration: How AI could put an end to prisons as we know them

Dan Hunter is a prison guard's worst nightmare. But he's not a hardened crim.

As dean of Swinburne University's Law School, he's working to have most wardens replaced by a system of advanced artificial intelligence connected to a network of high-tech sensors.

Called the Technological Incarceration Project, the idea is to make not so much an internet of things as an internet of incarceration.

Australian prison provides rehab for inmates and wildlife

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian prisoners are caring for animals that have been abandoned, attacked by predators, hit by cars or even seized in a drug bust as part of a rehabilitation programme.

Kangaroos, emus, wombats, snakes and cockatoos are just some of the native creatures being nursed back to health by inmates at a wildlife centre based in the John Morony Correctional Complex outside Sydney.

Australia's jail population hits record high after 20-year surge

Australia’s jail population has hit a record high of more than 41,200 prisoners, as a 20-year surge in incarceration rates shows no sign of waning.

The daily average of full-time prisoners in custody rose 7% to 41,204 over the year to the June quarter, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Monday.

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Global Prison Trends 2016

Improving conditions in prisons is key to both improving outcomes for prisoners and creating safer communities. In December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the Nelson Mandela Rules – a revised set of international minimum standards on the treatment of prisoners. The new standards have been strengthened in several respects,including by the inclusion of an absolute prohibition on torture and ill-treatment of prisoners, much more specific provisions on solitary confinement, and a commitment to provide all prisoners with the same standard of health care available in the community.

Reformative Prison Design

The last 30 years have seen enormous changes in the philosophy and practice of incarceration, with corrections becoming more of a ‘Human Services Business’ and less of the ‘Punishment Business’ it was in the past,” says Dr. Marayca Lopez Ferrer.


“Prison architecture has become a specialisation; one that, besides the traditional theories drawn from criminology and sociology, also considers points of view from multiple disciplines including medicine, psychiatry,psychology, urbanism and neuroscience about the treatment of inmates and the influence that the built environment can be as a catalyst for change.”


Marayca,Planner at CGL/RicciGreene in New York City along with Karlheinz Boiger,Architect at Hohensinn Architektur in Graz, Austria, both of whom have spent years working in international correctional facility design, will be attending Prison Design and Development 2016 to discuss why shifting the architecture of incarceration from a punitive to a rehabilitative model is the way forward for Australia. These influential international speakers will present case studies from abroad and will consider the profound impact that altering the prison environment could have not only on prisoners and their families , but on corrections staff and the community as a whole. 

Improving Inmate Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Recidivism Rates with Next Generation Prison Design & Development

With Australia’s prison capacity rate currently at 96 per cent and the rate of recidivism steadily rising the need for strategic facility design, effective space utilisation, improved operational processes and innovative technological integration has never been more important.

Ahead of the Prison Design and Development Summit 2017 we explore some of the strategies and trends prison operators, designers and developers are using to help reduce recidivism rates by meeting the complex needs of inmates and placing a greater emphasis on rehabilitation, not punishment. 

Case Studies

Designing Prison Infrastructure to meet the Complex Needs of the Prison Population

Ahead of the Prison Design and Development Summit 2017 we chat to Sarah Paddick, Principal at Totaspace Design – the firm behind the remodelling of the outdated 1960’s designed Adelaide Women’s Prison’s accommodation block. In this article Sarah shares insights on the new approach to design and delivery of prison infrastructure in Australia, and further explores how design can help reduce recidivism rates by better meeting the complex needs of the prison population.  

New Grafton Correctional Centre: Meeting the Complex Needs of the Modern Prison Population

Ahead of the Prison Design and Development Summit 2017 we chat to Garry Brown from Northern Pathways, who will be designing, constructing and financing the New Grafton Correctional Centre (NGCC), with Serco as operator for the next 20 years. In this article Garry chats to us about the key economic and social drivers behind the prison development and further delves into how design and new operational methods are working to improve prisoner reintegration.

Exploring the Inmate Trends Shaping Next Generation Prison Design & Development.

Ahead of the prison design and development summit 2017 we chat to Ivan Zinger, Correctional Investigator of Canada. In this indepth Q&A Ivan shares with us details of the challenges emerging inmate trends are creating for Canada’s Correctional Services and explores the recommendations his office is suggesting to help improve prisoner reintegration and recidivism rates.