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Question Without Notice No. 841 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 August 2019 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon F.M. Logan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 15 August 2019

PRISONS — DAILY AVERAGE PRISONER COSTS

841. Hon PETER COLLIER to the minister representing the Minister for Corrective Services:

I refer to the media release titled ''WA's first female drug treatment prison: one year open and one year drug-free'', dated 14 August 2019, and the minister's claim that a three-monthly snapshot has revealed a nearly 10 per cent reduction in prison costs.

(1) What was the daily average prisoner cost of these prisons in 2018–19: Bandyup Women's Prison; Melaleuca Remand and Reintegration Facility; and Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison?

(2) What was the daily average prisoner cost of the former Wandoo Reintegration Facility for 2017–18 prior to the operation being transferred from Serco to the state government?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The daily average prisoner cost for Bandyup prison was $256; and for the Melaleuca facility, it was $182. Wandoo was not operational with a full complement of prisoners for the entire financial year, so it is not possible to provide a full financial year figure. The daily average prisoner cost while the centre was fully operational for the three months April to June 2019 was $489.

(2) Wandoo was not operational with a full complement of prisoners for the entire financial year of 2017–18, so it is not possible to provide a full financial year figure. The daily average prisoner cost while the centre was fully operational for three months during 2017–18 was $493.