Drug, al­co­hol help in prison

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

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”.

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