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Juvenile Detention

Wednesday 23rd January / presented by Daniel Cleary

On Sunday night, about 60 young inmates armed with rocks and other improvised weapons smashed up nearly 100 cells at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre.

Damage caused by the rampage prompted the temporary relocation of 73 young offenders to the nearby Hakea prison, an adult remand centre.

It’s not ideal and both the Aboriginal Legal Service and WA's Commissioner for Children and Young People say detaining young offenders - some of whom have not yet been sentenced - in an overstretched adult facility is inappropriate.

And the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association – prison officers are among its members – says the riot was always going to happen.

Branch Secretary Toni Walkington also wants Corrective Services Minister Murray Cowper’s head given his response to the incident.

She’s joined Daniel Cleary this morning.

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