Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

    Young adult facility opens

    21/11/2012 12:00 AM
     

    • New 80-bed minimum security prison for 18 to 24-year-old men
    • Focus on training and employment opportunities to break cycle of crime
    A unique minimum security facility aimed at breaking the cycle of offending in young adult males was today officially opened by the Liberal-National Government.
     
    The Wandoo Reintegration Facility is the first prison in Western Australia dedicated to addressing the specific needs of 18 to 24-year-old male offenders.
     
    Corrective Services Minister Murray Cowper said the facility offered intensive case management and a strong reintegration focus with relevant vocational, training and employment opportunities. 
     
    “Young adult men who enter the prison system are often compulsive and extremely vulnerable to the risks of repeat offending,” Mr Cowper said.
     
    “The Wandoo facility separates these men from the influences of older, entrenched prisoners and introduces training and employment pathways to redirect them from offending patterns.
     
    “Mission Australia will work with Serco to provide one-on-one support to build life skills and develop a throughcare plan that will cover education and training; accommodation; job readiness; and connections with family, community and support services.  Importantly, offenders will be provided with three months post-release support from Mission Australia.”
     
    Certificates in Building Maintenance, Conservation and Land Management, Horticulture and Small Business Operations are just a few examples of traineeships residents may be able to undertake.
     
    Serco will work closely with the Department of Corrective Services in prisoner assessment, needs’ identification and support services post-release and the company must conform with departmental policies.
     
    Located at the previous Rangeview Remand Centre site in Murdoch, the facility is undergoing extensive refurbishment, some of which has already been carried out by prisoners from Karnet Prison Farm.  Other works will be carried out by the residents as part of their skills training.
     
          Fact File
    • Under Liberal-National Govt, unprecedented $655m provided to add 2,661 beds to prison system
    • Includes three new prisons and four new work camps
    • Operation and maintenance contract of Wandoo awarded to Serco Australia, March 20, 2012 
    Minister’s office - 6552 5700