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​Two new officers join Macquarie prison to drive down reoffending

Published date: Tuesday 8 May 2018

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Nine new roles have been created at Macquarie Correctional Centre, at Wellington in the state’s Central West, to work in a new unit focussed on driving down reoffending rates.

Sentenced inmates most at risk of reoffending are being targeted by a new case management model, which gives them greater access to services and programs in custody and increased support for their reintegration and release.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the new Custodial Case Management Units would employ about 150 experienced staff across NSW, creating high-quality case plans tuned to the individual needs of offenders.

"We are committed to driving down the rate of reoffending and these newly created 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.”

Joining the new unit at Macquarie Correctional Centre is Case Management Officer Anna-Jayne Johnston, who said it will provide more targeted opportunities to engage with offenders to address offending behaviours and patterns of thinking.

“I really believe this new case management model will contribute to reducing reoffending, as we’ll work alongside an offender to develop an individualised rehabilitation and reintegration plan that focuses on their unique needs,” Ms Johnston said.

Another new Case Management Officer, India McMillan, said she was passionate about helping people turn their lives on to a positive path.

“I enjoy my work as I’m able to advocate, support and work closely with individuals to get back to life on the outside,” Ms McMillan said.

“With intensive case management and planning I am able to help set goals with offenders to achieve while in custody.

“The centre here at Macquarie offers multiple training courses, education and employment opportunities, which give offenders the skills to help obtain jobs on the outside, contributing to a reduction in reoffending.”

Case management units will be 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.

L-R Anna-Jayne Johnston and India McMillan - Macquarie CCM - Courtesy CSNSW