Re­hab role for Wan­doo Josh Zim­mer­man

Melville Times - - News -

THE State Gov­ern­ment has con­firmed it will forge ahead with plans to take the reins of the Wan­doo Rein­te­gra­tion Fa­cil­ity, re­pur­pos­ing the Mur­doch prison for drug and al­co­hol re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The de­ci­sion comes de­spite In­spec­tor of Cus­to­dial Ser­vices Neil Mor­gan ear­lier this year prais­ing the Ser­corun fa­cil­ity for hav­ing the best prison of­fender man­age­ment model in the state.

Es­tab­lished in 2008, the 78-bed fa­cil­ity has catered for young men aged 18-28 since con­trol of the fa­cil­ity was handed to pri­vate op­er­a­tor Serco in late 2012.

In a re­port re­leased in April, Mr Mor­gan wrote that Wan­doo’s of­fender man­age­ment model should be used as a bench­mark for other WA fa­cil­i­ties.

“The de­ci­sion to tar­get spe­cific ser­vices at young men was a good one and Serco has met or ex­ceeded rea­son­able ex­pec­ta­tions,” he said.

“In short, there is no per­for­mance rea­son why Wan­doo should not con­tinue to op­er­ate along cur­rent lines.”

Ahead of the March elec­tion, Pre­mier Mark McGowan in­di­cated that he in­tended to take con­trol of the fa­cil­ity and re­cently an­nounced he would fol­low through with plans to trans­form Wan­doo into a first-ofits-kind ded­i­cated drug and al­co­hol re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion prison for women.

“Bring­ing this fa­cil­ity back into pub­lic hands will save tax­pay­ers’ money and al­low us to trans­form Wan­doo into WA’s first re­hab prison,” he said. “This is an im­por­tant part of our Meth Ac­tion Plan, to ad­dress the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of meth in our com­mu­nity.”

The Wan­doo Rein­te­gra­tion Fa­cil­ity will be trans­ferred back into pub­lic hands on May 1 next year and op­er­ated by the Depart­ment of Jus­tice. Wan­doo’s min­i­mum-se­cu­rity male pris­on­ers will be trans­ferred to other fa­cil­i­ties.

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