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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

WAPOU to take Sodexo to Fair Work for ripping off prison officers

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has accused private contractor Sodexo of ripping off its staff at the new women’s prison before it’s even commenced operations.Sodexo is a multinational company selected by ... Read More

Union warning over regional staff rent increases

The Prison Officers’ Union is warning of a potential prison staff shortage as a result of the State Government increasing rents in staff housing in regional areas.The government has increased rents by up to 15 ... Read More

WA should follow U.S. lead and dump private prisons

The WA Prison Officers Union has called on the State Government to follow the lead of the US Justice Department, which is phasing out the use of privately run prisons.The Justice Department has announced its contracts with ... Read More

Union sceptical about new incentive model for women's prison

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is highly sceptical about the government’s new incentive model for the private operator of WA’s new women’s prison.The government has announced Sodexo will be awarded ... Read More

Union warns Bandyup overcrowding a threat to safety

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is warning that the situation at WA’s main women’s prison is becoming increasingly volatile, as overcrowding hits record levels.The prison population at Bandyup hit a record 402 prisoners ... Read More

Female prisoners forced to sleep on the floor at Bandyup Prison

The overcrowding at WA’s women’s prison has become so severe, female prisoners have been forced to sleep on the floor.This week, the prison population hit a record 402 prisoners, in a prison designed to hold only around ... Read More