Western Australia’s criminal justice system is struggling under the weight of rising incarceration and finite resources to support its over-capacity prison system. New research by the Institute of Public Affairs has established:
- WA’s incarceration rate is the highest of all states, and is almost 50% higher than the national average.
- WA prisons are above 100% utilisation, meaning new prisons at immense cost to the taxpayer would need to be built in the absence of reform.
- Reducing the incarceration of low-risk, non-violent offenders would avoid the need to build new jails, and would save, at a minimum, $350 million per year for taxpayers.