When most Australians think of a prison environment, the Intensive Learning Centre facility in the medium security Mid North Coast Centre at Kempsey is not what they imagine.

Designed to provide more of a residential feel compared with that of a punitive environment, the facility features four classrooms filled with natural light, a library, an amenity area, a staff office and modern landscaped gardens. The classrooms are flexible and can be adapted in size to suit the activity…