Law Society Welcomes CCC Investigation following Death at Unit 18, Casuarina Prison

Law Society Welcomes CCC Investigation following Death at Unit 18, Casuarina Prison

Friday, 20 October 2023

The Western Australia’s Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) announced that it is investigating an allegation of serious misconduct following a teenager’s death a week after he was found unresponsive inside his cell at a problem-plagued prison unit.

In a statement released by the CCC on Friday, Commissioner John McKechnie KC said the inquiry would centre around the alleged conduct of public officers “where that conduct meets the high bar of serious misconduct”.

“The Commission’s role is to ensure particular allegations of serious misconduct are dealt with appropriately,” he said.

Law Society President Ante Golem said the Law Society of Western Australia (Law Society) welcomed the CCC announcement given the public interest and the seriousness of the incident.

The Law Society has and continues to raise its concerns in relation to the manner in which the State government and the Department of Justice are managing children and young people in detention centres at Banksia Hill and Unit 18, Casuarina.

Mr Golem repeated the Law Society’s offer “to work with the State government to urgently look at how it can redirect funding to programmes that work to reduce the root causes of crime before behaviour escalates, and how to house children appropriately when bail is inappropriate, or a custodial sentence is to be imposed.”

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