New prisons, work camps and detention centres are built by the Department of Corrective Services to cater for the needs of the Western Australian community.
The development of new facilities is guided by continuous research, prisoner population projections, standards and service provision.
The new $232 million prison will replace the existing prison in the Eastern Goldfields and will provide modern custodial facilities for male and female prisoners of all security ratings. The prison will mean more offenders from the Goldfields can serve their sentences close to their families and communities.
The prison will provide an extra 250 beds (total 350 beds) in the Goldfields region and improve the overall level of custodial services. It will be designed to engage Aboriginal prisoners in culturally-appropriate programs and courses, and for the first time in the region, have a separate and specific focus on the needs of female prisoners.
Since it opened in 2001, Acacia, the first privately run prison in the State, has undergone a number of major changes, bringing about significant improvements to the overall operation of the prison.
In the 2009 - 2010 State Budget, funds were allocated to build an additional 387 cells and associated infrastructure at Acacia Prison. The new facilities will be delivered within the existing prison perimeter. In July 2012 the building contract was awarded and completion is due in late 2014.
During 2011 and 2012, 3 new work camps were opened at Warburton, Wyndham and in the Wheatbelt at Dowerin.
Work camps give low-risk, minimum-security prisoners the chance to develop skills while providing local communities with valuable work such as conservation, maintenance and construction. At some locations, they also provide the opportunity for prisoners to serve out their sentences closer to their families and traditional lands.
Some community-based offenders are able to undertake programs and activities at the camps, making them ideal places for regional offenders to complete their orders and focus on breaking the offending cycle.
The new Roebourne work camp will be situated near the existing Roebourne Regional Prison and is expected to be completed in mid 2013.
The camp will see 30 low-risk prisoners undertake conservation, maintenance and construction projects for the Roebourne community.
Royalties for Regions funding has also been provided to upgrade existing facilities at Walpole work camp and Pardelup prison farm in 2013.
Department of Corrective Services
141 St Georges Terrace
PERTH WA 6000
Telephone: +61 8 9264 1293
Facsimile: +61 8 9264 1269
Last updated: 11-Jun-2013