THE State Government should consider re-opening Rangeview Remand Centre to house young offenders instead of keeping them
George Newhouse of Shine Legal will be launching a landmark Supreme Court legal action tomorrow Wednesday 3 April 2013 at 12 Noon (see attached article). This action is supported by the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee WA
The number of adult prisoners in WA jails reached 5,000 this week. This is the highest in the State's history. In 2008 when the Barnett Government was first elected, there were 3,900 - this represents a 27% increase in just over four years.
The Prison muster topped 5000 this week for the first time in the States history, prompting concerns about the acute over crowding, "disgraceful" conditions for women and bed expansions which could lead to higher rates of reoffending.
The Children's Court President has launched an extraordinary attack on conditions facing young offenders held in an adult jail, branding them inhumane, appalling and a violation of the law.