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Security class  Maximum
Phone  +61 3 9321 4111
Opened  6 April 1989
Managed by  Corrections Victoria
Capacity  305
HM Melbourne Assessment Prison
Location  West Melbourne, Victoria
Address  317 Spencer St, West Melbourne VIC 3003, Australia
Similar  Melbourne Assessm Prison, Vacro, Melbourne Youth Justice C, Corrections Victoria, Pentridge Prison Events

The Melbourne Assessment Prison is an Australian remand and reception prison located in Spencer Street, West Melbourne, Victoria. The facility is operated by the Department of Justice, of the Victorian Government.


Function and history

The prison is also known by the nickname 'The Map'. Previously known as the Melbourne Remand Centre, the Melbourne Assessment Prison was originally built to accommodate Melbourne's remand prisoners and sits on the site of the former Western Hotel on the corner of Spencer Street and La Trobe Street just west of Melbourne's central business district.

The primary purpose of the facility is to provide statewide assessment and orientation services for all male prisoners received into the prison system.

In 1997 the prison became the main reception prison for all male prisoners in Victoria. Initial planning for the prison commenced in 1974. Construction commenced in December 1983 and was completed in 1989 at a cost of A$80m. The prison was officially opened on 6 April 1989, and received its first prisoners on 29 May 1989.

At least two prisoners have escaped from the Melbourne Assessment Prison. In one incident explosives smuggled into the unit were used to blow open the armored plastic windows of a cell, while the two inmates hid behind mattresses (see Peter Gibb). Since then steel bars have been added to the windows to prevent a repetition.

The prison has seen a small expansion of its capacity over the years and now holds 305 prisoners as of mid 2014.

Notable prisoners

  • Lester Ellis –
  • Peter James Knight –
  • Gregory Brazel –
  • Peter Gibb –
  • References

    HM Melbourne Assessment Prison Wikipedia

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