Drug, alcohol help in prison
A new first-of-its-kind alcohol and other drug treatment prison for men is to open in Kwinana in 2019, with the facility set to address the cycle of drug-related crime.
The facility will be in one of four new units to be built at Casuarina Prison and will operate as a standard prison that also includes specialised treatment programs and management standards to address drug addiction.
Prisoners will be transitioned to other programs upon release to continue attempts at changing behaviours and motivations to use drugs.
Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan said prisoners would have to want to turn their lives around and show commitment.
“There are alcohol and drug abuse programs throughout the WA’s pris- on estate, but the overcrowding issues left to us by the previous government affect program delivery when you simply have too many people in a facility originally designed for fewer prisoners,” Mr Logan said.
“We are creating not only the necessary space with these new units at Casuarina, but also the kind of facilities that will help prisoners address their alcohol and other drug abuse issues more effectively.”
New search and drug testing technology will also be employed at the treatment prison, as well as the drug-detecting dog squad.
The State Government said construction of the units at Casuarina Prison was expected to generate up to 1000 jobs over the next two years.
Premier Mark McGowan said the State Government was focusing on prevention, protection and prosecution to rid the State of a “meth crisis”.