The first group of minimum security inmates have moved into the Illawarra Reintegration Centre at Unanderra, near Wollongong, in preparation for their intensive rehabilitation and release.
The new centre will create 24 jobs and contribute positively to the region’s economy.
The 60-bed facility will house inmates who have been vetted and deemed suitable for work release. None will be sex offenders.
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the programs-and-skills-focused reintegration centre will take a multi-faceted approach to improving offenders’ lives.
“The centre is specifically designed to give inmates at the end of their sentences the support they need to reintegrate successfully and break the cycle of offending,” Mr Severin said.
“Inmates will have access to treatment and intervention programs that cater to their individual needs, as well as works release and vocational training opportunities that could help them find meaningful employment when they return to the community.”
Two community project teams will undertake supervised work for government agencies and not-for-profit groups.
The inmates will also participate in intensive rehabilitative programs to help them address their offending behaviour and addiction, anger management and domestic violence issues.
Education release gives inmates an opportunity to learn valuable trade skills - like operating a forklift, plant equipment and other tools.
Equipping inmates with qualifications and practical skills is part of a wider CSNSW plan to reduce the annual rate of adult reoffending by five per cent by 2019.
The Unanderra site was established as a weekend detention centre in 1992 and later functioned as a Community Offender Support Program Centre.
The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Correctional Centre was completed in July 2016 by Asset Management Services, Dept of Justice.
Copies of the REF are available via phoning our Stakeholder Engagement Team on 1800 875 345 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The centre was offically opened by Minister for Corrections David Elliott on 2 June 2017.