Aboriginal Activist Slams WA’s Incarceration Rates Spike

An Indigenous assistance group has called the WA State Government’s attempts to reduce Aboriginal incarceration rates as “disgraceful”, as WA leads the nation in people sent behind bars. Ngalla Maya founder Mervyn Eades said the government had done very little and had taken too long to find a solution, as the state experienced a surge…

Martin Shkreli sentenced to 7 year jail for investor fraud

Martin Shkreli, who gained notoriety for dramatically increasing the price of a life-saving pill, has been sentenced to seven years in prison and a $US75,000($A105,000) fine for defrauding investors. US District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto set the sentence, which was significantly longer than the 12 to 18 month sentence Shkreli’s lawyers were seeking but still shorter…

New Alcohol and Drug Programs To Break Vicious Cycles For WA Prisoners

The Premier has announced an Alcohol and Other Drug program to rehabilitate prisoners and combat addictions and their offending behaviours. With over 6000 prisoners in WA’s correctional facilities, more than half struggle with ongoing alcohol and other drug addictions, including methanphetamines. The treatment program aims to break the cycle of drug-related-crime in our prisons and…

National Corrections Day recognising significant staff service

Western Australia’s corrections officers have been publicly recognised for the first time, for their hard work, skill, dedication and contributions in helping keep our communities safe, with an inaugural National Corrections Day. Corrections officers and department staff are also being recognised for their significant role in managing serious offenders in very challenging environments, keeping our…

WA Government won’t Tolerate Juvenile Detention Riots

Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan has responded strongly to the riot in Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre that occurred on Thursday night in a statement to media. During the incident seven of the teenage inmates, aged 15 to 18, set fire to a bin as well as smashing windows and security cameras. The incident came…

TJD Interview Sparks Outrage

Channel 9’s news interview with WA’s most dangerous sex offender, TJD, sparked a debate in Parliament today. The controversial interview led to a response from WA Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis on 6PR radio. Mr. Francis criticized Channel 9 for airing the interview. “I went to his 13 victims to ensure that all those conditions…

Unions Distrust Joe Francis

Youth Correction officers from Hakea Prison have demanded for Correction Services Minister Joe Francis to be removed from his post after he portrayed them as lazy when addressing the media on Sunday. As a result, about 60 officers voted to pass a motion of no confidence in the minister at a meeting at Hakea Prison.…

Design Competition for Freo’s Square

The King’s Square project is a $220 million dollar redevelopment of the Fremantle City Civic Centre and the business plan for the project was approved last month. As part of this redevelopment, the City of Fremantle is embarking on an International Design Competition for the Civic Triangle, and Mayor Brad Pettitt was very excited with…