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Published date: Monday 7 May 2018
Two new jobs have been created at Berrima Correctional Centre as part of a Corrective Services NSW plan to reduce reoffending.
Inmates with a risk of reoffending are being targeted under a new management model that includes tailor-made programs while in custody and support in place for their release.
CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the new Custodial Case Management 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 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.”
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.
Senior Case Management Officer Karen Ryczak has worked at Mid North Coast, South Coast and Wellington correctional centres and believes the new unit at Berrima will provide more consistent support for offenders as they progress from prison to the community.
“The new model will allow us to allocate the appropriate level of service provision to all inmates so they can access the most relevant services and programs,” Ms Ryczak said.
“One of the most exciting aspects will be the continuous care provided from custody to community and the networks built to facilitate this,” Ms Ryczak said.
Case Management Officer Sally Freer previously worked in Community Corrections and said her new role in Berrima would provide improved opportunities for inmates to address their offending to prepare for their successful release back into the community.
“I’m very passionate about the work that I do and enjoy the challenges of working with the inmates,” Ms Freer said.
“I believe the new units will allow for more one-on-one time with inmates to provide them with opportunities and the best possible outcome for their release into the community.”