The Department of Corrective Services welcomes the inspection report of Albany Regional Prison, tabled by the Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services (OICS) today, 7 August.
The Department acknowledges the Inspector’s recognition of Albany’s excellent track record and prison management and staff for their commitment and positive attitude to achieving priorities and goals.
It is particularly pleasing to see acknowledgement of the active community support for the prison, which has resulted in locally-based agencies assisting to provide well co-ordinated re-entry services for offenders.
The opening of the new 128 bed unit at Albany in February this year has provided the opportunity for much needed refurbishments to some of the older units and yards at the prison which will result in an improved working environment for staff and living environment for prisoners.
The number of Indonesian nationals imprisoned in WA remains an issue for the Federal authorities, with the Department accepting the responsibility to care for those prisoners in its custody.
As stated by the Inspector, Albany Regional Prison has managed Indonesian prisoners well and staff are responsive and caring.
Albany’s Superintendent Robert Reeby, in reply to the report, said “The dedication and professionalism of the staff here at Albany is what makes the difference. I am proud of what we have achieved and of what we can achieve in the future. To quote the Inspector, ‘the prison's proud record is a tribute to all’.”
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