Image of detainess restrained by handcuffs moving between buildings with the Banksia Hill Detention Centre after the riot


On the evening of Sunday 20 January 2013, an extremely serious incident of mass disorder occurred at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre (‘Banksia Hill’), a facility managed by the Department of Corrective Services (‘the Department’). This was by far the most serious incident of this type in Western Australia since what is generally known as …

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Image of a detainee being patsearched against a window at Hakea Juvenile Facility


In the aftermath of the riot the Department adopted an extremely risk adverse approach to the management of detainees at both Banksia Hill and the newly created Hakea Juvenile Facility.  This resulted in a restrictive regime of management confinement which was contrary to the legislative framework in the Young Offenders Act 1994. Although the Department …

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Key Findings

The treatment of detainees after the riot made no clear distinction between those involved in the riot and those not involved. Unreasonable, highly restrictive regimes, including the use of routine mechanical restraint and confining detainees to their cell for 23-24 hours a day, were applied at both Hakea Juvenile Facility and Banksia Hill Detention Centre …

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There were no recommendations in the review paper as all recommendations were contained in the Inspector’s Directed Review. Recommendations relating to the contents of this review paper in the Inspector’s Directed Review are as follows: Recommendation 24 The Department should ensure that: (a) The number of scheduled and unscheduled lockdowns of detainees is substantially reduced and …

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