Extreme temperatures at WA prisons 'inhumane', report finds

Some West Australian prisons are ill-equipped to handle extreme temperatures, creating intolerable and inhumane conditions for prisoners, the inspector of custodial services has found.

In a report tabled in State Parliament today, inspector Neil Morgan focused on temperatures at four prisons across WA, including in Roebourne Regional Prison where temperatures in cells can exceed 50 degrees Celsius.

"Roebourne has been the subject of repeated recommendations from this office to implement climate control improvements," the report found.

"While some remedial work has been undertaken, the conditions remain unacceptable.

"Similarly limited progress has occurred at Karnet and Bandyup [prisons]."

The report reviewed the temperatures in the prisons during summer and winter for a week-long period, and found cells at Roebourne rarely recorded temperatures less than 30 degrees and were often close to 40 degrees.

'`Donga' accommodation cells at Karnet prisons reached maximums of 39 degrees.

"Most cells at Roebourne are not air-conditioned, and we have repeatedly expressed concerns about the 'intolerable and inhumane' conditions," the report found.

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Source: ABC News