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Sex fear over jail work camp release

The revelation comes after a work-camp child sex offender known to locals was last month seen fishing on Wyndham Jetty, 3470km northeast of Perth. A worried resident reported the matter to police.
Former members of the Wyndham work camp's community consultation group wrote to Department of Corrective Services Commissioner Ian Johnson last year about concerns over sex offenders being housed in the small East Kimberley township.
Prisoners released for recreation and work purposes have varying levels of supervision. Some are simply dropped off at a location, then picked up later by a prison officer.
Work camps are in Wyndham, Kellerberrin, Walpole, Laverton and Derby.
The facility in Wyndham has just been expanded, and Warburton and Dowerin will get new camps this year.
The program is designed to give criminals deemed low-risk the chance to develop skills while working in the community.
This week, the DCS confirmed that rapists, pedophiles and child sex offenders were among those given leave passes for social and recreational activities such as barbecues, fishing and playing sports.
Opposition corrective services spokesman Fran Logan said the State Government should at least write to residents warning them of the types of offenders being given day releases.
He called on Corrective Services Minister Terry Redman to be "open and honest" with the public.
"They should undertake their rehabilitation in prison, not at work camps," Mr Logan said.
Mr Redman said the department thoroughly assessed the suitability of offenders, including victim issues, before they were placed in work camps.
"I fully understand communities are always very vigilant and concerned about policies that relate to convicted sex offenders and how they are managed and rehabilitated," he said.


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