Article highlights Indigenous justice model at West Kimberley Regional Prison

06 Oct 2012

Our Indigenous prison project in WA’s Kimberley region is featured in today’s West Australian newspaper.

The article, ‘Aboriginal jail destined to be out of work‘ recounts the inhumane conditions once experienced by incarcerated Aboriginal people in the late 1890’s at the Derby ‘Prison Tree’, juxtaposed against the new facility;

“Birds trilled in spiky boabs dotted among the concrete and steel buildings painted to echo the landscape — bright yellow, bark-grey and green. Red dirt and spinifex stretch as far as the eye can see.”

The article presents new Superintendent Mike Macfarlane, of Aboriginal descent, “setting a benchmark for humane and culturally appropriate incarceration”.

Designed in association with iredale pedersen hook architects, our recently completed prison project has set the benchmark for culturally appropriate Indigenous justice models, as the first of its kind in Australia.

The prison is due to receive its first inmates in two weeks.

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Read the full article from The Weekend West.

Click for more information and images of the West Kimberley Regional Prison.