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No air conditioning in Unit 18 "isn't a major issue" Minister claims as Perth hits 40 degrees
The WA Police Minister Paul Papalia has defended the lack of air-conditioning in the notorious Unit 18 at Casuarina Prison as a...
Dechlan Brennan 9 Feb 2024
Footage from 2022 Banksia Hill riot shows "outrageous child abuse", says Amnesty International
Footage from 2022 of Banksia Hill riot squad using force on a 16-year-old boy has been released, highlighting yet another "unacc...
Giovanni Torre 3 Jan 2024
Prison Inspector calls for overhaul of WA juvenile detention system
WA’s prisons inspector has joined a chorus of critics of the state’s juvenile detention system calling for an urgent overhaul in...
Dechlan Brennan 3 Jan 2024
WA Justice Department head quits amidst ongoing crisis in the youth justice system
The Director General of Western Australia’s Department of Justice, Adam Tomison, has announced he is stepping do...
Giovanni Torre 11 Dec 2023
Youth detention centre where Cleveland Dodd fatally self-harmed set to close
The West Australian government will shutter a high-security youth wing at an adult prison where an Indigenous teenager recently...
Aaron Bunch 30 Nov 2023
Ben Cousins drafted to tackle crisis in WA youth justice system

Former West Coast Eagles and Richmond star Ben Cousins has been called in to work with Banksia Hill detainees as part of a “rehabilitative” football game against a Perth high schoo...

Giovanni Torre Nov 21, 2023
WA Premier says youth prison cell is "necessary evil" after traumatic incident involving young boy

The WA government is facing renewed criticism of their justice system after Premier Roger Cook called a youth unit inside an adult prison a “necessary evil”.  Mr Cook’s comments c...

Jarred Cross Oct 13, 2023
Aboriginal Legal Service WA urges action on Disability Royal Commission recommendations

WA's Aboriginal Legal Service has called for action on the findings of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.On Friday the R...

Giovanni Torre Oct 2, 2023
Pay rise for officers at troubled youth detention site

Custodial officers at Western Australia's troubled Banksia Hill detention centre will get a 12 per cent pay rise to reflect the difficulties of working at the state's youth facilit...

Tara Cosoleto Aug 2, 2023
Youth inmates at WA's Banksia Hill remain in lockdown

Inmates at Western Australia's troubled youth detention centre remain in lockdown a day after the state's highest court found three youths were illegally subjected to solitary conf...

Aaron Bunch Jul 12, 2023
Security upgrade at troubled WA youth detention centre

Security at Western Australia's troubled youth detention centre will be bolstered by prison officers, as the Cook government investigates if a new facility is needed. Corrections...

Aaron Bunch Jun 23, 2023
No plans to close WA's "short term" Unit 18 but judge prefers to send 17-year-old to adult prison

The Western Australian government indicated it will continue to keep children in a stand-alone unit at a maximum security adult prison, despite flagging it as short term almost one...

Giovanni Torre Jun 21, 2023
"Every element of Banksia Hill was failing" - New report scathing of WA youth prison

Western Australia’s only youth detention facility is in an “emergency” in which “every element” is failing, the state’s Inspector of Custodial Services says in a report made public...

Giovanni Torre Jun 8, 2023
New Minister urged to embrace Aboriginal leadership on youth justice crisis

Western Australia will have a new Minister for Corrective Services after Bill Johnston was removed from the portfolio.Incoming Premier Roger Cook announced the new-look cabinet on...

Giovanni Torre Jun 7, 2023
Justice advocate hopes incoming WA Premier will "listen, hear and act to end the incarceration crisis"

A leading justice advocate has expressed hope that the next premier of Western Australia will be more receptive to reforms than Mark McGowan.Mr McGowan resigned in a bombshell anno...

Giovanni Torre May 29, 2023
Reconciliation: fact or fiction?

The Kimberley region of Western Australia is often referred to as a pristine wilderness untouched by human hands. This is factually incorrect, because for at least sixty thousand y...

Clinton Wolf May 29, 2023
WA First Nations Advocacy Alliance urges state to embrace Indigenous-led solution to youth justice crisis

The WA First Nations Advocacy Alliance, a large and diverse group of Western Australian Aboriginal community leaders, has invited Premier Mark McGowan to meet with them to pursue f...

Giovanni Torre May 19, 2023
Demonstrators at Banksia Hill urge youth justice reforms

More than 200 people gathered at Banksia Hill Detention Centre on Sunday in response to the recent riot and ongoing conditions in the youth prison as well as comments made by WA Pr...

Giovanni Torre May 14, 2023
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