Sea Box International has opened a new high-security prison cell facility at the Cadell Training Centre for the South Australian government.
Constructed from shipping containers, the custom-built cells provide a high-security environment for much less than the cost of conventional prison building techniques.
This project attracted significant media attention:
Updated May 09, 2011 11:32:00 Shipping containers could be used to help house a growing prison population under a plan by the South Australian Government. Budget constraints led the Government to cancel plans for a new prison. SA Correctional Services Minister Tom Koutsantonis thinks he has come up with a cost-effective way to boost cell numbers.
The containers are a new cost-saving initiative by Corrections Minister Tom Koutsantonis. Labelling the 12m containers the “future of Australia’s prisons”, Mr Koutsantonis announced the Government would save up to $430,000 per cell by using the refitted containers. “I think civil libertarians will be up in arms over the fact that we are using shipping containers,” he said.
Prisoners could find themselves locked up in shipping containers under a proposed South Australian trial designed as a cheap way of easing congestion in the state’s prisons. Correctional Services Minister Tom Koutsantonis today unveiled a six-cell unit built from shipping containers at the Cadell Training Centre, east of Adelaide, saying it could pave the pay for quickly delivered, secure and more cost-effective prison accommodation.
ADELAIDE, South Australia – South Australia has proposed housing prison inmates in shipping containers as a cheap way to ease prison overcrowding. Correctional Services Minister Tom Koutsantonis introduced a six-cell unit built from shipping containers, to be used for a trial period, at the Cadell Training Centre outside Adelaide, saying the cells could allow the government to erect prison housing in half the time as traditional cells and save up to 40 percent in construction costs.