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Prisons and offender management reform

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    Summary of reform

    An enormous program of work is under way to build more prisons and extra beds, improve the way our prisons are run and reduce offending.

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    Changes

    • Extra beds for more inmates – $3.8 billion is being invested in prison infrastructure over four years, with thousands of new beds already provided and the construction of new prisons and correctional centres under way.
    • More effective, efficient and accountable prisons with:
      • new performance standards as part of benchmarking
      • education reform to improve inmate literacy and numeracy
      • market testing for the future operation of the John Morony Correctional Centre.
    • Strengthened offender rehabilitation and supervision by Corrective Services NSW, with $237 million to be spent over four years to reduce reoffending, encompassing:

    Rationale

    More infrastructure and better prisons will improve community safety.

    New or enhanced offender intervention will reduce reoffending.

    Expected benefits

    The prison reform is expected to:

    • address the increase in the state's prison population
    • assist in reducing  the annual rate of adult reoffending by five percentage points by 2019
    • create approximately 2000 jobs.

    Contact us

    For general enquiries please contact Better_Prisons@justice.nsw.gov.au

    For media enquiries please contact csnsw.media@justice.nsw.gov.au