Wandoo prison celebrates helping women beat drug addiction

A revolutionary alcohol and drug treatment prison for women has reached a milestone of helping prisoners kick addiction.

Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison, the first-of-its-kind prison in Australia has celebrated its first year of running its treatment program that has helped female prisoners beat drug addiction.

26 female prisoners have so far graduated after completing an intensive six-month course.

Another 72 women are currently undergoing the program.

The State Government has claimed that preliminary figures have shown Wandoo has been more cost effective than when the prison was a private, reintegration facility for a small number of male offenders.

Prison costs have revealed a 10 per cent reduction in prison costs.

The prison was privatised when the government brought it back to public ownership.

Prisoners who have left Wandoo continued to receive support from program provider Cyrenian House to transition back into the community.

The prison is a government election commitment that is a part of the government’s comprehensive Methamphetamine Action Plan.

A second 128 bed facility for male prisoners at Casuarina Prison is expected to be complete by the middle of next year.

“The Wandoo program has not only helped them tackle the root cause of their addiction and shown them how to move forward, but it has also strengthened their resolve to try to avoid drugs in the future,” Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan said.

“The women at Wandoo not only have the benefit of a rehabilitation program that tackles the root cause of addiction and vocational programs to ensure that when they are released back to the community they have practical skills and emotional tools to lead healthy, productive lives, crime and drug free.”

Mr Logan said the State Government was instrumental in battling drugs in WA.

“The McGowan Labor Government has stepped up to the enormous challenging of addressing drugs in our society, particularly methamphetamine, and this female treatment prison is a major part of that work,” he said.

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