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​Fourteen new correctional jobs aim to reduce reoffending in the Hunter

Published date: Friday, 2 November 2018

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Fourteen new jobs have been created at St Heliers, Cessnock and Shortland correctional centres as part of a Corrective Services NSW plan to reduce reoffending.

Inmates with a risk of reoffending are being targeted under the new case management model, which includes tailor-made plans for offenders while they are in custody, as well as support for their release.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the units would employ about 150 experienced staff across NSW, tailoring high-quality case plans to specific needs of individual offenders.

"We are committed to driving down the rate of reoffending and these new positions form part of a clear plan to address that,” Mr Severin said.

“The improved model provides a more consistent approach to case managing offenders throughout their contact with the correctional system, particularly in cases where they cycle between community supervision and custody. Most importantly, every contact with an offender will be focused on reducing their reoffending risk.”

Case Management Units are being rolled out to all correctional centres across the state, as part of a $330 million NSW Government strategy to reduce the rate of reoffending. 

Almost 20,000 inmates are expected to benefit from the new case management approach over the next three years, which will support a reduction in the state’s reoffending rate. 

Cessnock Correctional Centre’s Senior Case Management Officer Kerri Bird said she was excited to hear about the new model of practice and eager to get involved. 

“I have spent a large part of my life providing support and education to some of the community’s most vulnerable people and I know all too well the importance of having effective case management,” Ms Bird said. 

“This model is focused on making sure that offenders connect with the right people and networks each step of the way during their contact with the justice system, which is exactly where I think the focus should be.” 

Case Management Officer Renee Brown, also from Cessnock, said delivering effective case management makes her job a rewarding one. 

“I am honoured to do meaningful work that not only changes and improves offenders’ lives but more broadly contributes to a healthier and safer community for us all,” Ms Brown said.