HM Prison Barwon
|Security class||Maximum to Supermax|
|Managed by||Corrections Victoria|
HM Prison Barwon or informally Barwon Prison, an Australian high risk and maximum security prison for males, is located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the township of Lara, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The facility is operated by Corrections Victoria, part of the Department of Justice of the Government of Victoria. The prison provides accommodation and services for remand and sentenced felons detained under Victorian and/or Commonwealth legislation.
Barwon Prison is located adjacent to the 300–bed medium security Marngoneet Correctional Centre, opened in 2006.
Construction of the prison commenced in 1986. It was completed in October 1989 and the first prisoners were received in January 1990. Barwon is the only Victorian maximum security prison located outside the Melbourne metropolitan area.
Barwon provides accommodation and services for maximum security mainstream prisoners including a 20-bed facility for high security prisoners and a 60-bed facility for maximum security protection prisoners. A campus of the Gordon Institute of TAFE operates at the prison providing a corrections education program.
The prison is split into many separate units including:
- Acacia – a high security unit that is used to accommodate high risk prisoners
- Banksia – a protection unit for prisoners requiring close supervision or protection. Most cells in this unit are shared with two prisoners per cell. The Banksia unit is separated into three smaller units, namely Coast, Heath, and Waratah.
- Hoya – a protection unit
- Cassia – a mainstream unit which houses new prisoners
- Diosma – a mainstream unit which accommodates prison workers
- Eucalypt – a mainstream drug free unit used to house older, more settled long term prisoners
- Grevillea – opened in April 2003, housing maximum security prisoners
- 'Illawarra – , for medium security prisoners.
A 2012 art exhibition called The Barwon Interviews, comprising video footage of twelve inmates, was part of a Monash University PhD project that was focused on examining prisoners adjusting to life inside Barwon Prison, their family struggles, and guilty consciences.
In February 2012, visiting Barwon Prison to speak to indigenous inmates as part of a mentoring program, former AFL player Wayne Carey was found to have traces of cocaine on his clothing following a routine drug scan. Carey was informed that he could enter the prison if he submitted to a strip search. He declined and left the correctional facility.
- Mario Condello – former lawyer, drug trafficker and underworld figure (released and murdered)
- Ashley Coulston – triple murderer
- Paul Denyer – the Frankston serial killer
- Peter Dupas – convicted multiple murderer and rapist
- Keith Faure – convicted murderer
- Domenic Gatto – Melbourne underworld figure (released)
- Evangelos Goussis – convicted murderer
- Brian Keith Jones – convicted of the abduction and sexual assault of six children (released; later jailed indefinitely for breaches of parole)
- Julian Knight – convicted of the 1987 Hoddle Street massacre
- Francesco Mangione – convicted killer in Mr Whippy turf war
- Craig Minogue – the Russell Street bomber
- Tony Mokbel – Melbourne underworld figure
- John Sharpe – convicted of the double spear gun murders of his wife and child in 2005
- Matthew Wales – 2002 Society Murders in Glen Iris.
- Carl Williams – convicted murderer, drug dealer and manufacturer; who died in custody
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- Butcher, Steve (20 April 2011). "Kingpin does one last deal for hope of freedom". The Age (Australia). Retrieved 8 May 2012.
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- Barwon Prison profile: Department of Justice.
- Herald Sun images of inside HM Prison Barwon, taken in April 2011. Photography by Alex Coppel.