Background

Pardelup Prison Farm is a minimum security facility for males. Pardelup’s primary role is the provision of work, training, and re-entry support. The prison also provides produce for the prison system. Up until 2002, Pardelup operated as a prison, holding a maximum of around 80 prisoners. In 2002, during a short term drop in prisoner …

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Conclusions

This Office found that Pardelup provided an example of the benefits of simple things like fresh air, single cells, positive work opportunities and respectful relationships. This report found that strong local leadership had driven the prison’s re-entry focus, with support from competent and committed re-entry, vocational training, custodial and medical staff. At the time of …

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Key Findings

Pardelup had successfully expanded from a work camp with capacity for 20 prisoners to a prison farm with capacity for 96 prisoners (including 12 at Walpole Work Camp). Pardelup and Walpole continued to provide meaningful work, allowing skill development, and positive community engagement. Pardelup and its work camp were progressing well in terms of facilitating …

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Recommendations

Recommendation 1 Maintain Pardelup as a single-cell occupancy facility and ensure that any future expansion is based on single room accommodation. Recommendation 2 Maintain, and monitor processes for promoting unity of purpose and direction amongst staff, including consultative forms of communication and decision making. Recommendation 3 Devise and implement strategies to progress Aboriginal (particularly Noongar) …

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