Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has urged the Government to urgently undertake a review of the Young Offenders Act 1994 (WA), following the release of a report which found young people had been confined to cells at Banksia Hill Detention Centre in contravention of international conventions.
Greens spokesperson for Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has today slammed the call by the Corrective Services Minister for Amnesty International to apologise over its concerns about Banksia Hill Detention Centre.
Ms Xamon said the lack of evidence available to the Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services (OICS) for its investigation – the result of poor record-keeping at Banksia Hill – reflected an appalling lack of transparency and accountability of the Government when dealing with our most vulnerable children and young people.
A lack of psychologists and mental health nurses in Western Australian prisons means the system is failing to adequately address prisoners’ health needs and some of the root causes of offending, Greens spokesperson for Mental Health and Corrective Services Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said.
Ms Xamon said almost half of prison entrants had a mental health issue.
Despite this, she said, there were now fewer psychologists per prisoner in WA prisons than there were in 2014-15.
Greens spokesperson for Corrective Service and Youth Hon Alison Xamon MLC has revealed through questions in Parliament that young people are being unnecessarily detained at Banksia Hill Detention Centre because there are no places for them in the drug and alcohol programs that they need.
Ms Xamon pushed the Government to reveal that at 15 June two young people found to be eligible for release into a drug and alcohol program were still in prison because rehabilitation beds were not available.
Greens spokesperson for Children and Youth Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Federal Government to urgently top-up funding for the Kids Helpline, since she revealed more than half of calls made to the essential telephone counselling service went unanswered.
Ms Xamon said she was very concerned to learn through questions in Parliament that 56 per cent of calls made to the Kids Helpline in 2017 did not go through.