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New women's prison opens in Perth

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016

WA's new women's prison will be run by a private operator who will get a $15,000 bonus for every inmate who stays out of jail for two years after being released.

Prisoners moved into the 254-bed Melaleuca Women's Remand and Reintegration Facility, at the men's Hakea Prison in Canning Vale, last week.

The prison was built to ease pressure on the Bandyup Women's Prison.

Melaleuca's operator, Sodexo, will get incentive payments for reducing re-offending rates, the first in the state to receive such payments.

Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis said the new jail would help address a rising prison population.

Sodexo will work with non-government organisations to deliver services designed to help women successfully return to the community, with a focus on Aboriginal women, who are massively over-represented, comprising nearly one-third of inmates, according to a government statement.

Using Sodexo would save the government $35 million, said Mr Francis.

Combined with the new Acacia men's prison contract and Broadspectrum's private contract for court security and custodial services, WA taxpayers were saving $144 million over the next five years, he said.

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