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New service targets repeat offenders to keep community safe​

Issued: Monday, 25 July 2016

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The Department of Justice today announced the roll out of an innovative program to reduce crime and protect the community.

​ The Extra Offender Management Service will engage persistent criminals in programs proven to reduce crime.

​"The service will begin working with offenders shortly after they are charged by police, rather than waiting until they are sentenced," said Department of Justice Deputy Secretary Brendan Thomas.

"It will also work with offenders at other points in the criminal justice system.

The one-on-one interventions and programs will address problems such as drug and alcohol abuse and aggression."

​ The expanded approach to targeting adult offenders aims to reduce domestic violence and common crimes such as theft and minor drug offences.

"Persistent offenders make up a very small proportion of our society but they are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime. Putting them back on the right path will have major benefits for the community," said Mr Thomas.

​The service will only be available to people who are not in custody or supervised by Corrective Services on parole or another supervised order.

​The new service will start operating in Lismore, Dubbo and Liverpool in early 2017. It will be rolled out at other key locations across the state in 2017 and 2018. 

Potential service providers are invited to make a tender. Further information is

available on the NSW eTendering website (www.tenders.nsw.gov.au).