Lockdowns for total of 167 days for three juveniles were effectively ‘solitary confinement’, WA supreme court finds

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The Western Australian government repeatedly broke the law by holding three young detainees for prolonged lockdowns inside the state’s only juvenile detention centre, the WA supreme court has ruled.

The supreme court on Tuesday found that three juveniles represented by the Aboriginal Legal Service WA were held unlawfully in the Banksia Hill detention centre and Unit 18, a separate wing at Casuarina men’s prison, for a total of 167 days between September and December 2022.

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