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Corrective Services Commissioner to retire

11 October 2020

Commissioner Hassall

The Department of Justice, Corrective Services Commissioner, Tony Hassall, has announced his retirement.

Mr Hassall has been the Commissioner since March 2017 having had four decades of experience in corrections across the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australian.

Director General of the Department of Justice, Dr Adam Tomison acknowledged Commissioner Hassall's achievements during his term in office.

"In that time there has been significant reform in Corrective Services, refinements to policies and practices and management of an increased prisoner population," Dr Tomison said.

"I thank him for the hard work he has put into leading Corrective Services over a very busy, challenging period and I am sure he is justifiably proud of what he has achieved here in Western Australia."

Commissioner Hassall has directed the transformation of operational practices in Corrective Services, reforms in women and youth justice and the significant expansion of the prison estate.

Mr Hassall said he was proud of the steps that had been taken to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people, advancements in alcohol and other drug rehabilitation in prisons, increased electronic monitoring of offenders in the community and record levels of recruitment.

An increased growth in prisoner numbers had necessitated a demanding program of infrastructure reform and more recently, Commissioner Hassall lead the Corrective Services response to the COVID-19 pandemic, successfully keeping all custodial facilities free from the infection.

"I am pleased that the reform program that I have overseen has meant Corrective Services is now modern and responsive and capable of serving the WA community. Corrective Services is now on the right trajectory to continue improving and meeting the future demands and challenges of the criminal justice system," Commissioner Hassall said.

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