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Thirty-seven new correctional jobs aim to reduce reoffending in Sydney metro

Published date: Thursday 15 November 2018

Almost 40 new jobs have been created at correctional centres across the Sydney metropolitan region 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.

New Custodial Case Management Units are operating at Dawn de Loas, Silverwater Women’s, Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose, Dillwynia and Emu Plains correctional centres, as well as Long Bay’s Correctional Complex.

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.

Emu Plains Correctional Centre’s Case Management Officer Alison Ashmore said the new model gives inmates case plans that follow them all the way into the community.

“This model allows us to work with eligible sentenced offenders for their entire interaction with the correctional system,” Ms Ashmore said.

“We work collaboratively with each offender, as well as different divisions within CSNSW and external providers to develop one continuous rehabilitation and reintegration plan that is designed to have the greatest impact on reducing reoffending.”

Dillwynia Correctional Centre’s Senior Case Management Officer Cathy Van Ryn said having inmates involved in case planning will create better outcomes.

“We generate case plans that the inmates have been an active participant in creating. It is great seeing them take ownership of their future and it’s obvious that the work we are doing is making a difference,” said Ms Van Ryn.