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Assessment and sentence management

If a friend or loved one is in custody, you may be concerned about what will happen to them.

Most male offenders will be remanded at Hakea Prison and female offenders will be remanded at Bandyup Women's Prison for assessment, regardless of the crime they have committed. Regional offenders will be assessed at the prison closest to them.

Here they will be assessed so staff can work out what their security rating should be, if they have any health issues and what work, education or rehabilitation programs would be helpful for them. Prisoners serving a sentence longer than 6 months will receive a more in-depth assessment which includes developing an Individual Management Plan for them.

The security classification of a prisoner is the biggest deciding factor in where he or she will serve their sentence. Other factors include how close a facility is for family and friends to visit, health needs and program availability.

The system is designed to reward good behaviour and sanction poor behaviour and unwillingness to address offending. Many prisoners will not progress through the security classification system (ie they will not automatically progress from maximum to minimum security.) The classification is based on a number of factors including the prisoner's behaviour, offence type and history and their participation in programs available within the prison system.

Contact details

For more information regarding Sentence Management, contact:

Director of Sentence Management
Custodial Services
Department of Corrective Services
Level 4
141 St Georges Terrace
PERTH WA 6000

Telephone: +61 8 9264 1967
Facsimile: +61 8 9264 1740 

Page last updated: 21-Mar-2017