Corrective Services

Inadequate mental health services in prisons fail WA prisoners

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.[1]

Despite this, she said, there were now fewer psychologists per prisoner in WA prisons than there were in 2014-15.

Inadequate child protection, alcohol and drug services mean young people detained for longer

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.

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