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Two new officers join Illawarra Reintegration Centre to drive down reoffending

Published date: Tuesday 1 May 2018

Two new officers have joined the team at the Illawarra Reintegration Centre 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 continuous approach to case managing offenders throughout their contact with the correctional system, particularly in cases where they cycle between community supervision and custody.

“All case managers interactions with inmates will be focused on reducing their reoffending risk.”

Heading up the new unit in Unanderra is Senior Case Management Officer Sheryl Mitchell, who said it will provide more targeted opportunities to engage with offenders to address offending behaviours and patterns of thinking.

“Our dedicated team of specialists will case manage inmates continuously so they have access to the appropriate programs while in custody, and the right support as they approach release,” Ms Mitchell said.

“I’m excited and passionate to be part of this new CSNSW initiative and working with an amazing team at Illawarra Reintegration Centre.”

Case Management Officer Ashleigh Madaschi said she was passionate about person-centred and trauma-informed practise and based her work around these proven frameworks. 

“This is a great opportunity to deliver the new and improved case management processes to maximise the delivery of the existing programs and services CSNSW offers and ultimately support inmates in reducing their reoffending behaviours,” Ms Madaschi said.

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.

Sheryl Mitchell and Ashleigh Madaschi - IRC - Courtesy CSNSW