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Casuarina to open WA-first drug treatment prison

Within months Western Australia’s first male Alcohol and Other Drug treatment prison will open its doors in Casuarina.

The 128-bed, $22.5 million treatment prison will be operated by the Palmerston and Wungening Aboriginal Consortium who will run the Solid Steps Alcohol and Other Drug Recovery Program

The prison is based on the community model similar to the one at the Wandoo Rehabilitative Prison for women which has been drug-free since its inception nearly two years ago.

The Casuarina model will incorporate the principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment encorporating additional drug detection dogs, high-rotation random urinalysis and new drug detection technology.

The new male treatment prison is expected to be operational in October.

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