A riot at Western Australia's only juvenile detention centre was inevitable and largely sparked by staff shortage-related lockdowns, the state's prisons inspector has concluded. In a report tabled in parliament on Wednesday, Inspector of Custodial Services Neil Morgan said there were clear risks associated with cramming in young offenders from the Rangeview juvenile remand centre at Banksia Hill late last year.
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The Government was warned more than a year ago that a riot, violence and increased stress leave costing millions of dollars would likely result from widespread double-bunking at WA's amalgamated juvenile detention centre.
Prolonged under-resourcing and the unnecessary closure of the Rangeview Remand Centre were key points in our review of the Banksia Hill Detention Centre riot on January 20.