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Young offenders to be Sercoed
Thursday, 03 November 2011 12:26

The State Government should not be allowing a company with a poor record for running custodial facilities to be in charge of WA’s new Young Adults Facility, UnionsWA said today.
 The State Government today awarded multi-national company, Serco, the tender to operate and maintain the new facility, which will accommodate 80 male offenders between the ages of 18 and 24.

But UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk says Serco is not the best choice as it has a scathing record here and overseas.
Serco was found negligent in an inquest earlier this year in the death of a 14-year-old boy in a juvenile detention centre it runs in Durham in the north-east of England.
“It’s ridiculous that the Barnett Government would even consider putting Serco in charge of a young persons’ facility when a jury, earlier this year, condemned the running of that centre as ‘an unlawful regime’ with a ‘serious system failure in relation to the use of physical control in care,’” said Ms McGurk.
“Serco has shown again and again that it does not give its staff the proper training, and that people in its facilities die because of that. The WA community demands better.”
Serco runs detention centres for people seeking refuge in Australia.  It took over WA’s prison transport services from the company held responsible for the death of Aboriginal elder Mr Ward in the back of a prison van.
“We need governments running custodial services. We don't need companies who just want to make a buck out of it," Ms McGurk said.
 “Despite community outrage over the tragic death of Mr Ward, who died in the back of a poorly-maintained private company prison van, the Liberal-National coalition has refused to listen to community concerns and bring these services back into public hands.
“If the State deems that a person needs to be removed from society for whatever reason, then the State has a responsibility to ensure that person’s rights are not diminished due to bad practices.
“It’s time for Mr Barnett to do the job he was voted in to do and not pass it on to questionable providers,” Ms McGurk said.
“We need to save our services from the clutches of privatisation or, before we know it, the government will no longer be in charge.”

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