The State's Commissioner for Children and Young People says she warned against creating a mixed gender juvenile detention At Bansia Hill, the scene of a weekend riot.
About 60 young offenders armed with rocks and other improvised weapons smashed nearly 100 cells at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre, forcing some staff to barricade themselves into a part of the facility to avoid being attacked.
Damage caused by the rampage prompted the temporary relocation of 73 young offenders to the nearby Hakea prison, an adult remand centre that Inspector of Custodial Services Neil Morgan last week revealed had a negative workplace culture, poor food hygiene and a vermin problem.
Both the Aboriginal Legal Service and WA's Commissioner for Children and Young People, Michelle Scott, say detaining young offenders - some of whom have not yet been sentenced - in an overstretched adult facility is inappropriate.
The juvenile detainees could be held at Hakea for up to six months.
Ms Scott is also concerned about the mixing of genders at Banksia Hill.
Today she said she had voiced that concern with the State Government before the facility was converted into the State's only juvenile detention centre last year, taking in offenders from Rangeview Remand Centre, which is being turned into the Wandoo Reintegration Facility for 18 to 24-year-old male prisoners.
Ms Scott says it is difficult to pinpoint what triggered Sunday's riot and has called for a wide-ranging review of the facility focusing on matters including staff morale, available programs and services for detainees, and the physical environment.
Corrective Services Minister Murray Cowper has come under fire for dismissing the riot as “entertaining” on Fairfax Radio on Monday, with the opposition calling for Premier Colin Barnett to remove him from his position.
The Opposition has also called for the release of a confidential report into the violent escape of two Banksia Hill detainees last year.