There are concerns that juveniles being detained at an adult prison in Perth are being threatened by older inmates and have had their rehabilitation programs suspended.
More than 80 young offenders were moved out of Banksia Hill detention centre in the southern suburb of Canning Vale on January 21 after a violent armed mob went on a rampage.
They were moved to the nearby Hakea remand facility for adults, where the WA Prison Officers Union expects them to remain for up to nine months, in two new units.
Deaths In Custody Watch Committee spokesman Marc Newhouse said the juveniles should be immediately released into alternative care such as close supervision, intensive care, at home or with family, for their own safety.
“We are extremely concerned about juveniles being held in Hakea,” he said on Thursday.
“It is a prison already under pressure due to overcrowding and poor conditions.”
Mr Newhouse said placing juveniles in an overloaded adult prison meant they did not have the appropriate facilities and programs needed for their rehabilitation.
He said the committee had received reports of young detainees being threatened and intimidated by adult prisoners.
There have also been reports of young people being detained in isolation, he said.
The Department of Corrective Services is expected to respond to the claims later on Thursday.