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What do the services and programs try to achieve?

Services and programs address our Duty of Care, our contribution to reducing re-offending and our obligation to assist with resettlement into the community.

Promoting health, safety and well-being - our duty of care

Because they have limited freedom, particularly in custody, offenders may be unable to address a range of needs in the way that another person could. For this reason CSNSW has a duty to provide reasonable access to healthcare, education, counselling etc. These services contribute to a safe environment for offenders and those who work with them.

Reducing the risk of re-offending

CSNSW is committed under the NSW State Plan 'NSW 2021' to reduce the rate of re-offending by 5% by 2021. Group programs designed to contribute to this goal are described in the Compendium of Correctional Programs in NSW. A range of services also contribute to this goal and include psychological services, the Statewide Disability Service, the Personality and Behavioural Disorders Unit and others.

Integrating offenders into the general community

Because they came from the community, belong to the community, and will for the most part return to the community, offenders require assistance to maintain links to community. This may occur when in full time custody, when returning to community from full time custody, or when serving a sentence under supervision in the community. The needs of the offender, the needs of their victims, and the safety and well-being of the general community are taken into account when providing services and programs to offenders that assist reintegration into the community.