The Children's Court President has launched an extraordinary attack on conditions facing young offenders held in an adult jail, branding them inhumane, appalling and a violation of the law.
Judge Denis Reynolds made the damning assessment this week while considering the harsher regime at Hakea Prison when sentencing four juveniles in two cases.
A total of 125 young offenders are held in two segregated units at Hakea after a destructive riot in January at Banksia Hill, WA's only youth detention centre.
Judge Reynolds said detention facilities were in a "state of crisis", prompting unprecedented action by the court to clarify the law and the extent of the hardship. He said the makeshift conditions needed to be fixed immediately.
Source: Kate Campbell, The West Australian March 30, 2013 The West Australian