National Corrections Day 2019
The work of the state’s 9,000 prison, parole and other corrective-services staff will be celebrated across NSW on Friday 18 January 2019 on the second annual National Corrections Day.
This year’s theme is Working Corrections and highlights the valuable role of prison industries and community-service work teams in rehabilitating offenders and giving back to the community.
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said National Corrections Day was a good opportunity to acknowledge and thank corrections staff for their dedication and hard work in keeping the community safe.
“Our staff are varied and talented, and include custodial officers, security and intelligence officers, inmate services and programs staff, psychologists and parole officers. They are the unsung heroes of our communities and we should all stop and thank them,” Mr Severin said.
“Our Community Corrections officers supervise almost 10,000 offenders on court-ordered community-service work annually for more than 560 non-profit organisations.
“We also have about 650 Corrective Services Industries staff, who oversee inmates undertaking work, training and other qualifications to help reintegrate them into the community and reduce reoffending.”
Corrections Day was established by CSNSW in January 2017 to pay homage to frontline corrections staff and provide the community with a better understanding of the challenging and often dangerous work they do each day.
The initiative gained momentum and last year was adopted by other states and territories to become National Corrections Day, celebrating the 25,000 frontline staff across Australia.