The Mount Eden, New Zealand prison site currently holds two separate prison facilities, the historic Mount Eden Prison and the Mount Eden Corrections Facility. The historic Mount Eden Prison has housed prisoners since 1888. Its design and functionality is now outdated and the deteriorating condition of the buildings makes it difficult to keep prisoners securely and humanely contained. In 2008 a decision was made to redevelop the prison site and create a single integrated prison called the Mount Eden Corrections Facility. The Department says that when the new facility is fully operational, the old Mt Eden Prison will be emptied and be 'mothballed' in case extra prison capacity is required in future.