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Funding needed in budget to expand overcrowded prison system

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called on the State Government to allocate money in the upcoming budget to expand WA’s chronically overcrowded prison system.The number of prisoners exceeded 5,500 for the first time last month, putting immense pressu ...

Questions raised about government spending on work camps

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said a new report raised serious questions about whether the State Government had misspent taxpayers’ money building work camps instead of alleviating prison overcrowding.The report, by the Office of the Inspector of Cust ...

Prison numbers hit new record high

WA’s prison system is bursting at the seams, with new figures revealing prisoner numbers have hit another record high.The prison muster has reached over 5,500 prisoners for the first time, while the system is only designed to hold around 4,500 prisoners ...

ABS figures suggest WA prison overcrowding set to get worse

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has warned the overcrowding in WA’s prisons is going to get worse, after the Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures which show WA has the second highest imprisonment rate in the country.The ABS figures for the D ...

ERA report highlights urgent need for action at Bandyup

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called for the State Government to take immediate action to alleviate chronic overcrowding at Bandyup women’s prison, after the Economic Regulation Authority labeled the prison a ‘disgrace’.The ERA released a disc ...

Private sector not the answer for WA's prison system

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has strongly rejected a discussion paper released by the Economic Regulation Authority, which is part of a State Government push towards privatisation of prisons.The ERA is conducting an inquiry into improving the efficienc ...

Warning as Bandyup Women’s Prison sets yet another record

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has warned that tensions at Bandyup women’s prison are continuing to escalate, as prisoner numbers hit yet another new high.The prison muster at Bandyup hit 340 this week; well above the prison’s capacity of 259.WAPOU S ...

Government needs to learn lessons from Queensland and stop privatising prisons

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has warned the State Government against pursuing its privatisation agenda for the WA prison system.The warning comes on the back of Campbell Newman’s crushing election loss in Queensland, where privatisation was a key iss ...

Assault of prison officers highlights overcrowding in prisons

The WA Prison Officers’ Union says the assault of four prison officers yesterday at Hakea Prison highlights the increasing danger of overcrowded prisons.A prisoner attacked four officers at Hakea Prison on Saturday.WAPOU Secretary John Welch said all of ...

Government forced to address overcrowding in women's prison

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said it remained unconvinced that converting part of a male prison to house female prisoners was the best option to alleviate overcrowding.The State Government has announced it will convert two units at Hakea prison into a ...

Prison numbers skyrocket under Barnett Government

A recent report reveals the prison population in Western Australia has increased by almost a third since the Barnett Government was elected.The snapshot of the state’s prison system by the Economic Regulation Authority shows that since 2007/08, prisoner ...

Union raises questions about government's agenda behind review

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has raised questions about whether the State Government is planning to use an Economic Regulation Authority review into the prison system as a justification to pursue its privatisation agenda.The WA Treasurer has asked the ...

Committee raises concerns about Prison Officers' Discipline Bill

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called on the State Government to clarify a number of issues raised by a Standing Committee report into the Prison Officers’ Discipline Bill.The Standing Committee on Legislation’s report has raised several concerns ...

Unions reach breakthrough EBA with Serco at Acacia Prison

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said it was pleased staff at the privately run Acacia prison had voted overwhelmingly to accept an EBA offer from their employer, Serco.WAPOU Secretary John Welch said he was delighted that 83% of staff at the prison voted ...

Staff shortage forces Hakea Prison into lockdown again

Hakea prison has been in lock down since Thursday morning due to dangerously low staffing levels.The prison was around 27 Prison Officers short on Thursday and 17 short on Friday, even after all available staff were called in to work.WA Prison Officers’ ...