Corrective Services

Fix the Youth Justice system

The youth justice system in Western Australia is broken – and the WA Government has repeatedly failed to commit to fixing it.

Banksia Hill Detention Centre (Banksia Hill) – the state’s only youth justice detention facility – accommodates children from as young as 10 years old; both girls and boys. The vast majority of these children have complex, tragic backgrounds and have experienced significant hardship and trauma.

INSPECTOR OF CUSTODIAL SERVICES — BANKSIA HILL DETENTION CENTRE REPORT

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [10.07 pm]: Before I speak on the matter I intend to speak on primarily, I also wish to note the passing of Jim McKiernan, whom I met on several occasions. He was certainly a lovely man—just wonderful. I particularly want to pass on my condolences to Jackie and also his son Steve, who used to work for me, and Steve’s wife, Sandy. I know that they are grieving very hard right now and that Jim’s passing will leave a massive hole in their family.

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