A Productivity Commission report comparing spending across the States, released this week, shows that WA locks up 222 people per 100,000 adults — 41 per cent higher than the national average.
And WA spends the equivalent of $256.76 for every man, woman and child on prisons and community corrections, 65 per cent higher than the national average.
Only the Northern Territory imprisons more people per head at greater cost per capita.
The Corrective Services budget will soon eclipse $1 billion a year, with the cash-strapped State Government likely to have to find hundreds of millions of dollars more for a new prison in three to five years.
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