Prison guards want juvenile offenders to stay at Hakea after cells damaged


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Prison guards want juvenile offenders to stay at Hakea after cells damaged

Phil Hickey and AAP
PerthNow
July 22, 2013 9:26AM

Five juvenile offenders held at Hakea adult prison have caused substantial damage to five cells. Source: PerthNow

OFFICERS guarding WA’s teen detainees want them to be kept in an adult jail even longer, after more cells were wrecked over the weekend.

Charges may be laid against five juvenile offenders who ran amok in their cells in Perth’s Hakea prison for adults, where they were sent after their usual facility, Banksia Hill, was trashed in a riot in January.

Five cells at Hakea were damaged on Saturday night – the second time since late June the teenagers have damaged their rooms at the facility.

Sinks, toilets, shower areas, shelving and mattresses were all trashed, a Department of Corrective Services spokesman confirmed.

The young offenders are due to return to a revamped, higher security Banksia Hill on August 26 – but the Community and Public Sector Union wants that return delayed.

“Our members are very concerned about the return to Banksia Hill, because a date has been set but there are a number of outstanding safety concerns,” acting secretary Rikki Hendon told 6PR radio.

“Their concern is their safety on return.”

Staff and detainees were not injured in the latest incident, which the Corrective Services department is investigating.

In May, 30 juveniles and five 18-year-olds were charged over the Banksia Hill riot, while one of the adult offenders was charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer.

Ms Hendon said the date to return the young offenders to Banksia Hill had not changed, despite the latest incident.

“The department has not backed away from that date, but we are encouraging them to do that,” Ms Hendon said.

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