Call for bail hostels to cut high WA prisoner remand rate

The West Australian Government has been urged to consider the reintroduction of bail hostels in a bid to cut down on the growing number of people on remand in the state's prisons.

An Inspector of Custodial Services report released yesterday revealed the number of people being held on remand across Western Australia had increased by more than 100 per cent in the past six years.

It found remand prisoners accounted for 60 per cent of the rise in the overall prisoner population in that time.

Carol Bahemia from the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee said many people are refused bail because they are itinerant.

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