Women's jail wing shut
THE female section of Grafton Correctional Centre was closed on October 23 but rumours this would lead to a closure of the entire facility have been denied by the Department of Corrective Services.
A department spokesman said the seven female inmates in Grafton's June Baker Centre had been moved to the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre at Kempsey "to provide them with improved accommodation, programs and facilities".
"However female offenders on short-term remands will still be held at Grafton Correctional Centre," the spokesman said.
The department denied the closure of the female wing was part of a larger agenda to shut down the whole jail and Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner last week said there were no plans to privatise or close Grafton jail.
Country Labor candidate for Clarence Peter Ellem said he was alarmed at NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith's response to questioning in budget estimates meetings.
"(He) refused to rule out closing further prisons across NSW and Grafton is one of the oldest in NSW," he said.
The department announced 13 redundancies at Grafton jail in August and it confirmed that 12 redundancies had been accepted..