Questions asked by: West Australian, The Australian, WA Today, ABC.
Subject: Juvenile offenders/prison overcrowding (Leeuwin II)
As Minister for Corrective Services I am always on the look out for innovative options for juvenile offenders.
What Mr Papalia is suggesting is not new. The Department of Corrective Services has placed offenders on the ship previously. It is a very strict program that is extremely resource intensive. Due to the nature of the program, and the safety of other people on the ship, offenders need to be chosen very carefully.
Beyond this, our juvenile facilities currently offer similar Young Leaders programs that can be completed on site.
As an ex-navy officer Mr Papalia may believe that it is as simple as putting all juvenile offenders on a boat, but it is not. His proposal could well be the most expensive option for juvenile or adult offenders in this State.
I would like to see effective and efficient programs delivered to young offenders that are relevant to their reintegration back into society. Putting juvenile offenders on a boat, particularly for many regional detainees, may not be the most effective or relevant rehabilitative solution.
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