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Independent report finds West Kimberley Regional Prison overcrowded and understaffed

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has supported the findings of an independent report by the Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services into West Kimberley Regional Prison (released yesterday), which found accommodation ... Read More

Extra capacity for WA's prison system will help ease overcrowding

The WA Prison Officers Union has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of a further $120 million capital expenditure (equivalent to an additional 672 beds) in the Western Australian prison system.WAPOU ... Read More

WA prison officers condemn Opposition overtime slur

The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) has condemned comments made by State Opposition Leader Mike Nahan (The West Australian, 9 December) about overtime being claimed by some public servants, and labelled them as an ... Read More

Years of poor planning and lack of investment leave Broome Regional Prison unfit for purpose

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has supported the findings of an independent report into Broome Prison, which found years of poor planning and a lack of capital investment had left the prison unfit for purpose and not of ... Read More

Report finds overcrowding continues to be a problem at Casuarina Prison

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has echoed the concerns related to overcrowding at Casuarina Prison that were raised by the Inspector of Custodial Services in his independent report tabled in State Parliament today.The ... Read More

WAPOU hosting first ever Mental Health Seminar for WA Prison Officers

The WA Prison Officers Union (WAPOU) is hosting Western Australia’s first ever, Mental Health Seminar for Prison Officers at the Burswood Crown today.WAPOU Secretary John Welch described the inaugural event as a bold ... Read More

Two officers assaulted at Acacia Prison

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is offering support to two Prison Officers who were assaulted at the medium security Acacia prison overnight.It’s understood the two officers were set upon by a prisoner in one of ... Read More

Liberal National State Government has left WA prison system in a state of crisis

An increase in the prisoner population of over 50% since 2008/2009 has resulted in chronic over crowding of Western Australia’s prisons.WA Prison Officers’ Union Secretary John Welch said the ... Read More

WAPOU warns of dangerous conditions at women's prison

The current unsafe and dysfunctional conditions at the state’s new women’s prison are highly likely to lead to a serious incident or even death, the WA Prison Officers’ Union has warned.The Melaleuca ... Read More

Overcrowding forces prisoners to sleep on the floor at Hakea prison

Overcrowding at Hakea prison in Canning Vale has passed crisis point, with prisoners being forced to sleep on the floor.The WA Prison Officers’ Union has been told that over the weekend, 15 prisoners were forced to ... Read More

Damning report card released on new women's prison

The first report card on the management of the state’s new women’s prison has revealed a litany of serious failings which staff believed were putting them in danger.The Melaleuca facility at Hakea prison opened ... Read More

Concern as WA’s prison population reaches record high

WA prisoner numbers continue to spiral out of control, with revelations the prison muster has exceeded 6,500 for the first time.The WA Prison Officers’ Union said overcrowding was getting worse, as the prisoner ... Read More

Report confirms WA still has highest Aboriginal incarceration rate in Australia

The Productivity Commission’s latest annual report confirms WA is still locking up Aboriginal people at a faster rate than any other state or territory.The latest federal Report on Government Services report shows WA ... Read More

Report finds cost cutting has negative impact on Greenough Regional Prison

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has accused the State Government of underfunding Greenough Regional Prison, after an independent report found the prison had been badly affected by cost cuts.The report by the Inspector ... Read More

Government tries to cover up true extent of prison overcrowding

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has accused the State Government of trying to cover up the true extent of WA’s prison overcrowding, after a new report revealed the system is operating at 148% of its intended ... Read More