- The premier says the facility will house WA’s most “complex” juvenile detainees
- It follows persistent issues inside Unit 18 and the death of Cleveland Dodd
- There is no timeline yet for the new facility or for the closure of Unit 18
WARNING: This story discusses incidents of self-harm and contains the image of an Indigenous person who has died.
A new high-security, “therapeutic” youth detention facility is set to be built next to Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre in Perth’s south, in a move to allow the closure of the trouble-plagued Unit 18.
Unit 18 is a separated wing of the adult Casuarina Prison that has been used since mid-2022 to house youths who are described by the government as the state’s most “complex” and “difficult” juvenile detainees.
But the unit has had persistent issues with violent incidents, detainees being locked in cells for extended periods, and frequent self-harm incidents.