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Escaped WA inmates posed low risk: Disability Services Commission

Two inmates who escaped from a Perth disability justice centre are due for release this year and pose a low risk to the public, the state Disability Services Commission says.

The pair absconded from the Lockridge facility on New Year's Eve, with one caught by police the next day, while the other was returned to the centre by his parents on Sunday.

West Australian Disability Services Commission director general Ron Chalmers said the purpose of the centre was to reintegrate people into society, with one of the escapees already permitted to be in the community for 80 per cent of the week.

"They have been assessed thoroughly by the Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board to the point where they currently are on leave of absence provisions with extensive opportunities for them to be out in the community right now," Dr Chalmers told 6PR radio.

Disability Services minister Helen Morton will meet with concerned community members on Wednesday.

- AAP

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