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'Failing Aboriginal Children' : Experts blast WA Minister for comments on judiciary
WA’s Corrective Services Minister has been condemned by legal professionals for comments criticising judges and magistrates over...
Dechlan Brennan 16 Feb 2024
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 of guard assaulting Aboriginal child in WA prison sparks renewed calls for sweeping change
Leading Indigenous justice advocates say the assault of a child in Unit 18 by a much larger and older prison guard captured on C...
Giovanni Torre 19 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
New prison won't solve youth justice crisis, advocates warn

The announcement of the development of a business case for a new facility to replace WA's notorious Unit 18 should not deflect attention from the ongoing harm caused to incarcerate...

Giovanni Torre Nov 30, 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 died from self-inflicted injury. Premier Roger Cook...

Aaron Bunch Nov 30, 2023
WA's missing minister: Dr Buti's disappearing act

In just over a month, Western Australia's Aboriginal community has been rocked by a series of events. Yet, in this tumultuous period, our Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Dr...

Zak Kirkup Nov 19, 2023
Families of young Unit 18 detainees who self harmed speak out

Warning: this report discusses self-harm and contains the name of someone who has died.Family members of two Western Australian children hospitalised over the weekend after self-ha...

Giovanni Torre Nov 15, 2023
17-year-old in WA's notorious Unit 18 hospitalised after another self-harm incident

A teenager held in Western Australia's notorious Unit 18 youth detention facility was taken to hospital Friday after being found with fabric wrapped around his neck.The 17 year-old...

Giovanni Torre Nov 11, 2023
Senior guard slept as Cleveland Dodd attempted suicide, reports reveal as ALS slams Minister's "new low"

An ABC investigation has revealed that the senior officer on duty the night Cleveland Dodd attempted to end his life was lying down in his office with the lights off, partially und...

Giovanni Torre Nov 9, 2023
Minister "acted on available preliminary advice" when making inaccurate comment regarding death in custody

Western Australia’s Minister for Corrective Services Paul Papalia has given no indication Unit 18 at Perth’s Casuarina Prison will be shut down following the death of 16-year-old C...

Jarred Cross Nov 6, 2023
Details of Cleveland Dodd's final night at Unit 18 spark major concerns and questions

It took guards at WA's notorious Unit 18 youth detention facility 16 minutes to check on Cleveland Dodd after the teenager warned them he would attempt to take his own life, the AB...

Jarred Cross Nov 6, 2023
Youth injustice: WA Labor's darkest chapter

In Western Australia, no entity has betrayed young Aboriginal people more profoundly than the current state government.   Labor touts its commitment to social justice, its...

Zak Kirkup Oct 26, 2023
Hundreds rally after Indigenous teen's death in custody

Hundreds of people have rallied in Perth to call for justice after the death of an Indigenous teen who self-harmed in the youth wing at an adult prison. Officers discovered 16-y...

Aaron Bunch Oct 26, 2023
Commissioner replaced after teen's death in custody

Western Australia's corrective services commissioner has been replaced and a prison officer suspended following the death of an Indigenous teen who self-harmed in the youth wing at...

Rachael Ward Oct 25, 2023
Officer allegedly asleep when Indigenous teen took his own life

Warning; this story contains the name and image of a person who has died. It has been alleged an officer on duty at Western Australia’s Unit 18 juvenile detention centre was aslee...

Callan Morse Oct 25, 2023
"Worse than any adult prison" - WA Children's Court President slams "impunity" of youth prison management

Warning: this story contains the name of someone who has died.WA's Children's Court president Hylton Quail has slammed the state’s youth detention facility, Unit 18, in the wake of...

Giovanni Torre Oct 24, 2023
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