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Minister Paul Papalia has respond-
ed to the re-opening of Pardelup
Prison Farm last week, stating it
would do little to ease overcrowd-
ing at local prisons.
Mr Papalia said the newly-ex-
panded 64-bed facility at Pardelup
had completely ignored the massive
overcrowding 40-minutes drive
away in Albany Regional Prison.
"Mr Porter claimed these extra
beds would help ease overcrowd-
ing in the State's prison system but
failed to mention Albany Regional
Prison was already 35 per cent be-
yond its design capacity," he said.
"Albany prison is struggling under
the weight of 288 prisoners in a
facility designed for only 186.
"Just last month Mr Porter an-
nounced he will cram another 128
beds into Albany prison this year,
which will push the prison to 80
per cent above its original design
"Every prison in the State is mas-
sively overcrowded and the prob-
lem is getting worse every day."
Mr Papalia said the State's prison
population had exploded by almost
1,000 in the 18 months since the
Barnett Government took office.
"The Pardelup announcement is
welcomed by Labor but it is not
enough to deal with the unsustain-
able growth in the prison muster,"
"Prisons around the State are
being compromised in their abil-
ity to train, educate, employ and
rehabilitate prisoners because of
"Albany prison will get a further
128 prisoners this year but has
no extra rehabilitation resources,
workshops or classrooms.
"The more prisoners Mr Porter
crams into the overcrowded system,
the more prisoners will be likely to
re-offend when they are eventually
Mr Papalia also called for a boost
to the Inspector of Custodial Serv-
ices to ensure they could effectively
manage the prison system.
"The Inspector of Custodial Serv-
ices operational budget should be
boosted by an additional $570,000
immediately and increased if the
prison muster continues to spiral
out of control," he said.
The Pardelup Prison Farm expan-
sion is part of a statewide program
to increase beds across the entire
prison system during 2010, with
640 to be added in Albany, Hakea
and Casuarina Prisons.
THE homeless in Albany
are set to gain stable ac-
commodation and job
training with the help of
St Vincent de Paul, the
State Government and the
St Vincent de Paul is
calling for submissions
from the general public
in support of Prospect
House, a program de-
signed to reduce home-
lessness in Albany with
job training and stable
has provided a home
at Discovery Drive in
Spencer Park that will
soon become a residential
Prospect House has five
bedrooms and will pro-
vide selected homeless
clients a three-month in-
tensive job placement
programme overseen by a
full-time case worker.
The program will also
provide participants with
exit housing options and
continued mentoring until
a stable job and housing
situation was found.
The model is based on
work in Katanning with
Indigenous long term
St Vincent de Paul presi-
dent Chris Probert said
the program was about
getting clients job-ready
and employed then help-
ing them keep that job.
"The client would be
assisted with transitional
housing on exit and men-
toring that continued after
the course finished ensur-
ing they held their job or
moved up to a better one,"
Mr Probert said the
project had caused resi-
dents close to Prospect
House some concern.
"Neighbours are con-
cerned about the possible
unruly behavior of clients
within the property," he
"They should not be
worried as clients will be
assessed for eligibility and
those with severe mental
health, behavioural or
substance abuse issues
will not get a guernsey.
"There will be an on-site
manager and residents
will forfeit their place
if they behave anti-so-
Mr Probert said for the
project to get the go-
ahead, an application to
change the use of the
home had to be approved
by the City of Albany.
"The advisory group and
the management body are
calling for people who
think Prospect House has
merit to put in a submis-
sion to the City before
Tuesday, March 16," Mr
They can be addressed
to the CEO at the City of
POLICE are reviewing CCTV footage after a store on
Bayonet Head Road was burgled and damaged.
During the early hours of Wednesday, March 3, police
were called to the business after someone gained entry
to the building by smashing a window.
They removed a selection of alcohol from the store
and then escaped on foot.
Police have praised businesses who took precautions
to protect their stores.
Having security footage had proved to be a positive
step towards apprehending criminals.
Police are also looking for information about a vehi-
cle that was covered in graffiti after being stolen from
Campbell Road the same day.
The driver had borrowed the vehicle and left it un-
locked on the verge at about 8pm.
When police found the vehicle it had graffiti scrib-
bled over it.
Police call for help
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