Report of an Announced Inspection of Roebourne Regional Prison
Concerns about prisoner access to adequate rehabilitation services at the remote Roebourne Regional Prison were highlighted today in a report released by the Inspector of Custodial Services. Inspector Neil Morgan said:"Roebourne's recidivism rate of 44.1 per cent was already significantly worse than the average for Western Australian prisons. We were therefore alarmed to find that offender program provision at the prison had collapsed and that opportunities for training and preparation for employment had fallen."The report also found that women prisoners had been further disadvantaged in a system that has not treated them equitably
Report of an Announced Inspection of Casuarina Prison
The Inspector of Custodial Services' report on Casuarina Prison released today calls for a sharper strategic focus from the Department of Corrective Services and highlights the complex balance of roles that Casuarina must play in a crowded and difficult prison system.
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.