EXPANSION of Casuarina Prison and a $118.1 million road safety package were the biggest police and justice commitments made in today’s State Budget.
The Government will also spend $34.6 million for personal mobile tablets for police officers and $15.4 million to roll out multi-threat body armour to frontline police.
Casuarina Prison will be the beneficiary of a $186 million spend to expand the jail, with an extra 512 beds coming online in the first phase and 344 in the second.
Corrective Services minister Fran Logan said the Government had saved potentially a billion dollars from the portfolio by using empty lands at Casuarina to build the new structures.
“We will have the equivalent of a new prison in a fifth of the time for a tenth of the cost,” he said.
There will also be $3.3 million spent on improving security at Casuarina.
Greenough Prison will get increased security and better separation of the existing female prisoner precinct, costing $9.3 million.
Hakea Prison, however, which has seen two inmates die in suspicious circumstances this year, missed out on funding.
A further $5.7 million has been given for hostile vehicle protection at key stadia and venues.
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