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​Reducing reoffending

Offenders who pose the greatest risk of reoffending will be targeted in a new $237 million plan managed by Corrective Services NSW to reduce reoffending in NSW.

The new plan will provide more rehabilitation programs and enhanced supervision to priority offenders and will have a particular emphasis on the critical period before and after prisoners are released from custody.

In a NSW first a specific focus will be placed on offenders serving less than six months who currently don’t undertake reoffending programs.

The four-year plan, from 2016-2020 is aimed at reducing the annual rate of adult reoffending by five percentage points by 2019 – a NSW state priority.

When all the initiatives are in place we expect to be providing each year over 42,000 offenders with new or enhanced interventions that will reduce their risk of reoffending.

The implementation plan will create around 345 jobs and also includes more than $10 million funding for external providers and individuals to deliver programs and post-release support.

The plan will deliver:

  1. An increased number of offenders completing evidence-based programs and participating in case management. The expansion of existing programs will include $20 million to build 10 high intensity rehabilitation facilities for offenders serving short sentences of six months or less;
  2. A new early-intervention scheme delivered by the non-government sector targeting high-risk offenders. Participants will benefit from a one-on-one intervention prior to the court process and sentencing, as well as specific programs targeting their criminal behaviour and tendencies;
  3. Enhanced supervision at all stages of the sentence for higher risk offenders subject to community-based orders and imprisonment. New methods employed by highly skilled staff will improve the chance of offenders living law abiding lives when released from prison or when they are no longer under supervision in the community; and
  4. Greater reintegration outcomes by identifying an offender’s needs upon their entry to prison, and immediately planning for their exit.