We found that:

  • Cost cutting measures had impacted on operations and services, with critical services not meeting demand. This included:
    • A large backlog in Departmental assessments of prisoners’ treatment needs
    • Some prisoners reaching their parole date without even having been assessed
    • Some being assessed as needing non-existent programs
    • Many prisoners unable to access programs before their parole date
  • The prison had an inadequate initial allocation of funds to pay for agreed staff numbers
  • Staff/management relations were poor
  • Staff/prisoner relations had deteriorated, creating safety and security risks
  • Staff training rates were very good
  • New roofs and a new external fence had improved the basic prison infrastructure
  • Too many prison facilities (including visits and men’s education and health) were too small to meet demand and need
  • There were some excellent work and training opportunities, however there were not enough for the number of prisoners being held
  • Education services were providing a high quality service to prisoners
  • The Department should provide a strategic plan for the future of the prison focussing on the delivery of services to its key client of Aboriginal prisoners from the region


A quarter of Greenough’s prisoners are women. We found that:

  • The overall quality of services and amenity of the women’s precinct at Greenough had continued to improve
  • They had good access to support, education, and personal development
  • They had too little access to employment, recreation, and out of prison activities
  • Women and men had too few opportunities for positive social contact and were therefore communicating in illicit and negative ways
Page last updated: January 12, 2017
107: Inspection of Greenough Regional Prison