- WA’s youth jail sees brutal attacks with makeshift weapons, raising concerns about staff safety and detainee well-being.
- Locking kids in cells for 24 hours sparks debate: is it punishment or pushing them further into violence?
- Aboriginal overrepresentation and leadership shakeups point to deeper issues and pressure for reform in the troubled system.
Detained children are attacking officers with make-shift blades, metal plates and planks of wood as frightening new details about WA’s youth justice system emerge.
9 News Perth reported the Department of Justice had confirmed some children were being locked in their cells for 24 hours at a time, with more than 18 serious assaults against staff recorded in the past 18 months.