Privatisation

The Barnett Government is allowing more private, foreign companies to run WA’s prisons for profit.

The experience around the globe is that when a prison is privatised, jobs are cut, in order to maximise profits for the company and its shareholders.

No one wants to see a repeat of what happened in 2008 when a private company; Global Solution Limited (now G4S), was held responsible for the death of a 46-year-old Aboriginal Elder Mr Ward, who died of heat stress inside a prison van.

WA’s prisons are the responsibility of the State.

Evidence overseas suggests that private companies running prisons will lead to fewer staff, more dangerous prisons, less focus on rehabilitation – and poorer justice outcomes for the entire community.