- Australia's first of its kind alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment prison for men expected to open in 2019
- AOD prison will address cycle of drug-related crime
- Male facility will be the second AOD treatment prison in WA after the female AOD treatment prison opens in the second half of 2018
- Another commitment met in the McGowan Labor Government's Meth Action Plan
The McGowan Labor Government will establish an alcohol and other drug treatment prison for male offenders at Casuarina Prison to help break the cycle of drug-related crime.
The treatment prison will be housed at one of four new units to be built at Casuarina Prison, as part of the McGowan Labor Government's $120 million investment to increase the State's under strain custodial capacity.
Treating the causes of alcohol and other drug addiction in a dedicated facility has been required in Western Australia for many years, after the State was plunged into a methamphetamine crisis under the previous Liberal National Government.
The male treatment prison will operate as a standard prison, but will include specialised treatment programs and management standards to help address drug addiction, which can lead to criminal behaviour.
Prisoners will also be transitioned to other programs upon release to continue attempts at changing behaviours and motivations to use drugs.
These release programs, and the treatment in prison, will help to keep the community safe as offenders address the causes of their alcohol and drug addiction that can influence criminal behaviour.
New search and drug testing technology will also be employed at the treatment prison, as well as the drug-detecting dog squad.
The prison will be the second AOD facility after a female treatment prison comes online in the second half of this year at the existing Wandoo Reintegration Facility, which is returning to the public sector.
The construction of the new Casuarina units, including the new treatment prison, is expected to generate up to 1,000 jobs over the next two years.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"In just under a year since being elected, my Government has moved swiftly to start addressing the significant task of bringing our State's meth crisis under control.
"We have increased maximum sentences for meth traffickers, and invested more than $131 million for the establishment of a Meth Border Force; roadside alcohol and drug testing; rehabilitation centres in the South-West and several other measures.
"Now we have honoured another election commitment with the announcement of a new treatment facility at Casuarina Prison for men.
"It is by focusing on the three pillars of prevention, protection and prosecution that my Government can help our State free itself of this inherited meth crisis."
Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan:
"We are embarking on a first of its kind approach to treating prisoners with alcohol and drug abuse issues.
"These prisoners will have to want to turn their lives around and we will provide them with support, but it will require their commitment.
"These models of care are being developed based on national and international best practice, but there will be scope to adjust them as we progress with these new treatment prisons.
"There are alcohol and drug abuse programs throughout the WA's prison estate, but the overcrowding issues left to us by the previous government affect program delivery when you simply have too many people in a facility originally designed for fewer prisoners.
"We are creating not only the necessary space with these new units at Casuarina, but also the kind of facilities that will help prisoners address their alcohol and other drug abuse issues more effectively.
"In the end, this is about making our communities safer by trying to address the causes of alcohol and drug addiction that lead to criminal behaviour."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
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