Innovative new facility to target reoffending in young people
Date: 21 Nov 2012
Serco Australia has welcomed the official opening today of Wandoo Reintegration Facility by the Western Australian Minister for Corrective Services, Murray Cowper.
Wandoo is an innovative new young adult prison in Western Australia that took its first residents at the start of November.
The 80-bed facility has been designed to prepare 18-24-year-old low risk offenders for successful release through education, training and courses in life skills and job readiness. The young men will be selected to participate in the Wandoo programs by the State Department of Corrective Services.
"The programs will respond to individual offenders with specific plans to re-integrate them into life outside prison, minimising the likelihood of reoffending, with particular attention paid to the cultural needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders," said Serco Australia CEO David Campbell.
"We will work with offenders both before and after they are released to target issues like alcohol and drug abuse, accommodation, employment, and family links to make sure that the good rehabilitation work we do in the facility is not lost once offenders re-enter the community."
Mr Campbell said the facility would complement the excellent work already done at Acacia Prison and that it will make a considerable difference to the reduction of reoffending in Western Australia.
Last year Serco were recognised for our excellent case management by the WA Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services who said: "the quality of case management at Acacia Prison is superior to anywhere else in the Western Australian prison system" and will use these skills and experiences to develop individual programs suitable for each offender at Wandoo.
Work on the site will continue through to mid-March next year modifying the current site developing it into a purpose-built facility. The modifications to the facility have been designed to improve the presentation and functionality to deliver the education and vocational programs. These changes will include the expansion of the visits area, establishment of a spiritual centre and an expanded kitchen area to enable training.
Media contact: Tim Evans, +61 (0)2 9409 8700
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