The Department of Corrective Services has said it is reviewing its policy for transporting prisoners to funerals in Western Australia.

This comes after the Department in the space of a month introduced and revoked a limit on transporting prisoners to funerals that were more than 200kms return from the nearest prison.

It was introduced for security and cost cutting reasons and meant prisoners in Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison were not allowed to travel to Laverton and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands for family funerals.

“Due to financial and security limitations, DCS issued a policy directive in September 2012 which applied geographical restrictions where a funeral was more than 200 kilometres round trip from the nearest prison facility (excluding work camps),” a spokesman for the Department said.

“Since the distance restriction clause was put into effect, as part of continuous improvement and evaluation, the new policy has been considered in terms of its practicality and equitability and on issues raised by family members.

“In the interim the distance restriction has been revoked and a further review of the policy is currently being undertaken.”

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