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Safety concerns amid chronic staff shortages in prisons

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has raised serious safety concerns, amid chronic staff shortages in several of the state’s prisons.Casuarina maximum security prison has been on rolling lockdowns in the past week because ... Read More

New report into Acacia Prison vindicates Union EBA stance

A new report into the Serco-run Acacia prison has found significant issues with staffing levels, which is also one of the main issues of contention in current Enterprise Bargaining Agreement negotiations.A report by the ... Read More

Prisoners locked down as prisons run short of staff

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said it was shocking that prisoners at the state’s two largest prisons were on lockdown because there were not enough staff to operate them.WAPOU Secretary John Welch said Casuarina was 34 ... Read More

Prison units still closed as prisoner numbers soar

New figures have revealed WA’s prisons are bursting at the seams, and are currently holding almost 30% more prisoners than they’re designed for.The figures revealed Albany regional prison was currently the most ... Read More

Plans to open prison units without staff to run them

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said the State Government’s decision to open new prison units at Hakea and Casuarina vindicated its position that WA’s prisons were chronically overcrowded.One unit was opened at Casuarina ... Read More

Concern about State Government’s continued privatisation agenda

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is very concerned about comments made by the Corrective Services Minister that the prison security contract could be taken from Serco and awarded to another company.The State Government is ... Read More

Overcrowding forces prisoners to sleep on the floor

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has raised concerns about prisoners at Bandyup women’s prison being forced to sleep on the floor because the facility is so overcrowded.The Union said that prisoners often had to sleep on ... Read More

State budget does nothing to alleviate prison overcrowding

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has raised concerns that the State Budget does nothing to alleviate the chronic overcrowding in the State’s prison system.WAPOU Secretary John Welch said the State Government had no ... Read More

State budget fails to compensate for rising prison population

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is very concerned that the State Government has no provision in its budget to compensate for the impact of its tough new burglary laws.While the budget does acknowledge there is a risk the ... Read More

Stabbing of prison officers highlights mental health issues in prisons

The WA Prison Officers’ Union says the stabbing of two prison officers on the weekend highlighted the increasing danger of dealing with mentally ill prisoners.Three prison officers were attacked by a prisoner at Casuarina ... Read More

Union calls for MPs not to vote for Prison Officers Bill

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called on Lower House MP’s not to vote for the Prison Officers Discipline Bill, which is set to be debated in parliament this week.The Custodial Legislation (Officers Discipline) ... Read More

Report into Geraldton escape raises more questions than it answers

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called for the State Government to release the full report into the escape of two prisoners in Geraldton, after the Executive Summary was tabled in Parliament.WAPOU Secretary John Welch ... Read More

WA prisons: short on space and staff

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called for the government to open four empty prison units to alleviate overcrowding in the state’s prison system.The Union’s Secretary John Welch said the government had spent $67 ... Read More

Leaked documents reveal prison privatisation agenda

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is shocked by a document which recommends privatising more prison services and reducing the drug testing of prisoners to save the government money.The document is a summary of budget savings ... Read More

Report reveals Serco incompetence led to prisoner escape

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called for private contractor Serco to be stripped of its prisoner transport contract, after the Corrective Services Commissioner admitted it was responsible for the escape of two ... Read More