Court Custody Centres' Inspection
In releasing his latest report, the Inspector of Custodial Services, Neil Morgan, has called for rational and balanced debate about custodial services. The Inspector's report examines services provided at 18 court custody centres throughout Western Australia and at four police lockups that come within his jurisdiction. Mr Morgan commented:'These services are provided by a range of public sector agencies (the Department of Corrective Services, the Department of Attorney General and WA Police) as well as contracted providers (Serco, Western Liberty Group and G4S). Our report identifies many examples of excellent practice and performance as well as a few issues of concern and areas for improvement. Importantly, these straddle both the public and private sectors.'
The Management of Young Women and Girls at Banksia Hill Detention Centre
The Inspector of Custodial Services has called for a sharper focus on the needs of girls in detention and young women in prison. In releasing his report on the Yeeda Unit at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre Neil Morgan said:'The 20 January riot at Banksia Hill has generated a lot of debate about youth justice but most of this has focused on the boys. We mustn't forget the girls. Only a small number are in detention, often for short periods. They range widely in age, background and need, so it can be difficult and expensive to provide adequate services. But it is in the community's long term interest to provide them support so they do not return to custody.
Funeral attendances by incarcerated people in Western Australia
The Inspector of Custodial Services has released a report on funeral attendance by incarcerated people in WA. The Inspector Neil Morgan acknowledged that there will always be limitations to accessing funerals while incarcerated, however noted that a governing system for attendance needs to be fair, equitable, transparent and flexible. He notes that the current policy does not achieve this.
Directed Review into an Incident at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre on 20 January 2013
The January loss of control at the Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre was an entirely predictable incident, not because the young people at Banksia Hill had suddenly become worse, but because the facility had become increasingly unstable over the preceding 18 months and this had not been properly managed.
Report of Announced Inspection of Karnet Prison Farm
The Inspector of Custodial Services has released a report of an announced inspection of Karnet Prison Farm conducted in January 2013. The report offers the broad conclusion that Karnet continues to be one of the state's strongest performing prisons.