Barwon Prison

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Below is official information.  

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Name of General Manager

 

Year of Establishment

1989

Postal Address

 Locked Bag 7
Lara VIC 3212

Street Address

1140 Bacchus Marsh Road
Lara VIC 3212

How to Get There

Car:

Barwon Prison is approximately 60km from Melbourne. Take the Princes Freeway to Geelong, turn left at the Avalon Airport exit, then turn right over the bridge and follow the signs to the prison. The Marngoneet Correctional Centre is located next to Barwon Prison.

Public transport:

A courtesy bus is available to transfer visitors from LARA station to Barwon Prison and back again on Saturday at the following times:
 

 

Bus meets the train at Lara station

Bus departs Barwon Prison

Saturday

09:41, 10:41, 11:41, 12:41.

12:10, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30.

Sunday

 NO SERVICE AT THIS TIME

 


Geelong Taxi Network: 131 008  (Approximate cost: $23 - $28 - Barwon to Lara station)

Phone no.

03 5220 8222

Population

417

Capacity

448 (30 June 2014)

Number of Staff

 

Health Care Services

 

Education & Skill Development

 

Level of Security

Maximum

Availability of Activities

 

Contact with Outside World

There are three types of visits:

-personal contact,

-personal non-contact, and

-professional visits

Visitors, who are identified as requiring a Governors letter in order to visit at Barwon prison, must ensure that they bring the authorisation letter upon each visit. The letter must be presented during the course of the screening process. The letter must also have a Barwon Prison letterhead. If you require a letter, please ask staff to assist you with this process. 

Diosma, Cassia, Eucalypt, Illawarra:

CONTACT VISITS

Mainstream prisoners that are eligible to participate in the contact visit program may receive either one contact visit per week or, one box visit per week (depending on the status of the visitor or prisoner). Contact visits are for duration of two hours on either Saturday or Sunday. Contact visit times are between the hours of 08:15-15:30. Contact visits must commence prior to 14:45 and conclude by 15:30. Prisoners may have three adults and four children participate on a contact visit.

Diosma, Cassia, Eucalypt, Illawarra:

BOX VISITS

Mainstream that are not eligible to participate in the contact visit program may receive one box visit per week for the duration of one hour, these visits must be booked by the Prisoner. Box visits may take place on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Box visits are for 1 hour duration which will be strictly adhered to. Commencement times for Mainstream box visits are 08:15, 09:30, 10:45, 12:00, 13:15, 14:30 , Please arrive to begin your visit at the appointment time. Box visits on Friday or Monday must commence prior to 14:45 and conclude by 15:30. Prisoners may have three adults and four children participate on a box visit.

Hoya Unit:

BOX or CONTACT VISITS:

Protection prisoners that are eligible to participate in the contact visit program may receive either one contact visit per week or, one box visit per week (depending on the status of

the visitor or prisoner). Contact visits are for duration of two hours on either Saturday or Sunday. Contact visit times are between the hours of 08:15-15:30, contact visits must commence prior to 14:45 and conclude by 15:30. Contact visits that take place in the Hoya Protection Unit on Saturdays between 08:15-12:00 will be restricted to adult visitors only.

A.Side:

Visits are from 12:30 to 15:30. DO NOT MIX with main stream prisoners. Box visit times are between the hours of 08:15-15:30 on Saturday and Sunday and between the hours of 08:15-15:30 on Friday and Monday. Box visits on Friday or Monday must commence prior to 14:45 and conclude by 15:45. Prisoners may have three adults and four children participate on a contact visit.

Grevillea Unit:

BOX or CONTACT VISITS:

Protection prisoners that are eligible to participate in the contact visit program may receive either one contact visit per week or, one box visit per week (depending on the status of the visitor or prisoner). Contact visits are for duration of two hours on either Saturday or Sunday. Contact visit times are between the hours of 08:15-15:30, contact visits must commence prior to 14:45 and conclude by 15:30. Contact visits that take place in the Grevillea Protection Unit on Saturdays between 08:15-15:30 will be restricted to adult visitors only (No children Permitted).

Box visit times are between the hours of 08:15-15:30 on Saturday and Sunday and between the hours of 11:45 – 15:00 on Monday. Box visits on Monday must commence prior to 14:15 and conclude by 15:00 and must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance by the Prisoner. Prisoners may have three adults and four children participate on a contact visit.

Acacia Unit

Visits

Prisoners accommodated in the Acacia Unit are permitted one box visit per week. In addition to the weekly box visit, one special contact visit may take place each month between prisoners and their natural children. Personal visits for the Acacia Unit may take place on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Visit times are between the hours of 08:15–15:30, visits must commence prior to 14:15 and conclude by 15:30. All visits for the Acacia Unit must be prebooked. Visitors who wish to visit but do not have a booking cannot be guaranteed a visit. The visit will be subject to staff and room availability. Prisoners may have three adults and four children participate on a box visit in the Acacia Unit.

Banksia Unit:

Visits

Prisoners accommodated in the Banksia Unit are permitted one box visit per week. Personal visits for the Banksia Unit may take place on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Visit times are between the hours of 08:15 – 15:30, visits must commence prior to 14:15 and conclude by 15:30. All visits for the Banksia Unit must be pre-booked. Visitors who wish to visit but do not have a booking cannot be guaranteed a visit. The visit will be subject to staff and room availability.

Prisoners may have three adults and four children participate on a box visit for prisoners accommodated in the Banksia Unit.

Melaleuca Unit:

Visits

Prisoners accommodated in the Melaleuca Unit are permitted one box visit per week. Box visits for the Melaleuca Unit may take place on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition to weekly box visits the prisoners may have one special contact visit per month if approved. Contact visits take place on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit times are between the hours of 08:15 – 15:30, visitors will not be processed after 14:15. All visits for the Melaleuca Unit must be pre-booked. Visitors who wish to visit but do not have a booking cannot be guaranteed a visit. The visit will be subject to staff and room availability. Prisoners may have three adults and four children participate on a visit for prisoners accommodated in the Melaleuca Unit.

Telephone Calls

Prisoners can provide a list of up to ten telephone numbers for personal calls. All numbers must be verified for appropriateness and acceptability by staff. Phone lists are processed as soon as practicable. Prisoners are not permitted to take incoming calls, however urgent messages can be left at the prison switchboard. Prisoners are not permitted to contact the media without approval. All prisoners’ private phone calls may be monitored or recorded by prison staff. Exempt calls (including legal and Ombudsman Victoria calls).

Prisoner Mail

Prisoners may write and receive as many letters as they wish. Pre-paid envelopes and stamps can be purchased from the prison shop at normal postage rates. All mail envelopes entering the prison must be free of attachments (stickers, glitter, etc). Should there be attachments on any envelope, this mail will be placed within the prisoner’s property until the prisoner is released.

Location: Locked Bag 7, Lara, Vic, 3212 

Bacchus Marsh Road, Lara Vic. 3212

(Located 6 km north-west of Lara, 20 km from the centre of Geelong and approximately 70 km from Melbourne)

Time Out of Cell

 

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