Wandoo Reintegration Facility
Wandoo Reintegration Facility is a unique minimum security prison in Western Australia for 18-28 year old offenders to help them reintegrate into society on release.
The concept originated from a 2009 Government election commitment that focused on the need to deliver targeted services to the 18-24 year old prisoner cohort. A particular focus was to be placed on reducing reoffending, and facilitating reintegration into the community. The age group was increased following success of the program and the facility now houses up to 80 prisoners at one time.
Wandoo is operated by Serco Australia for the Department of Corrective Services (WA). In the two years of full time operation Wandoo has achieved a rate of reoffending almost four times better than the national Australian average.
For those who have resided at Wandoo for more than three months, only 12 per cent of prisoners have reoffended, compared to more than 40 per cent nationally.
The Western Australian Office of the Inspector for Custodial Services labelled Wandoo a “good news story” in its independent review in January 2015. The Inspector said Wandoo’s innovations, dynamic security program and responsible prisoner model had helped create a successful program implemented by a dedicated staff who had built relationships with residents that led to significantly reduced reoffending in the community.
Serco’s five-year contract to operate Wandoo Reintegration Facility was signed in 2012.