CCC reports focus on the use of force in WA prisons and expose a culture of cover up

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27 June 2018

The Commission has used the results of the investigations to inform a number of recommendations to the Department of Justice about how it might reduce the likelihood of serious misconduct in relation to reporting use of force incidents (watch the vision of the incidents in the Related resources section at the bottom of this page). 

The three reports relate to the security of prisoners against whom unreasonable force was used, and the inadequacy of current processes and protocols for reporting use of force incidents.  Although the reports cover a number of incidents at different prisons, they deal with common themes, being failure to report and misreporting of incidents of use of force, and officers of various seniority deliberately withholding information about use of force incidents from head office.

 The investigations, opinions and recommendations are detailed in the:

The reports are the latest in a series from the Commission which highlight serious deficiencies in Western Australia’s prison system.  

Two previous Commission reports, the most recent tabled just yesterday (Tuesday 26 June 2018) relate to how easily the security of the prison boundary can be compromised when prison officers are groomed and corrupted, and the security of the community being compromised by lax supervision of prisoners outside the prison walls.

The CCC's work into corruption risks in the State’s prison system is part of an ongoing joint investigation with the Department of Justice. 

The CCC's investigative work has exposed cultural issues that compromise the integrity of the prison system, being an environment that not only allows misconduct, but fosters it; where some officers show little or no respect for rules, processes and protocols; where prison officers keep information from head office and where there is a reluctance on the part of some officers to report or identify misconduct.

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