657. Hon ALISON XAMON to the minister representing the Minister for Corrective Services:
(1) Has any funding been allocated in the 2019–20 budget to increase the provision of rehabilitation programs at Bandyup Women’s Prison?
(2) If yes to (1) —
(a) how much funding has been allocated; and
(b) what programs has the funding been allocated to?
(3) If no to (1), why not?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1)–(3) Funds for rehabilitation programs are not allocated on a prison-by-prison basis. The Department of Justice will spend an additional $28.6 million to increase appropriate access to parole by providing tailored rehabilitation programs to prisoners leading up to and following their release on parole. This will include female prisoners at Bandyup Women’s Prison and other prisons.