Do​​cumentary gives insight into female offending and imprisonment

SBS program features staff and inmates at Silverwater Correctional Centre

​Publication date: Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Staff and inmates at Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre were recently interviewed for a special two-part television show about female offenders in prison.

Corrective Services NSW agreed to undertake the documentary with SBS's Insight program to provide the public and policy-makers with an objective and thoughtful view of the many complexities of female offending and imprisonment.

While some of the material is confronting, it brings awareness to the challenges faced by these inmates on their path to rehabilitation, and gives an insight into the tough yet great work our staff do.

The opinions and views expressed in the show do not represent the views of Corrective Services NSW, but it is interesting to hear the individuals' stories.

Corrective Services NSW is committed to reducing the rate of reoffending by five per cent over the next five years and has implemented a variety of strategies to achieve this goal.

In August the NSW Government announced a record $237 million investment aimed at reducing reoffending by targeting high risk and repeat domestic violence offenders.

Under a new plan, CSNSW will provide more rehabilitation programs and enhanced supervision to priority offenders, focusing on the critical periods directly before and after their release.

The program is screening tonight, Tuesday, 8 November and on Tuesday, 15 November at 8.30pm on SBS.​

Above: the SBS Insight crew with Corrective Services NSW staff at the Silverwater Correctional Centre.

Above: Insight host Jennie Brockie interviews a Corrective Services NSW staff member at the Silverwater Correctional Centre.

Above: Insight host Jennie Brockie interviews a female inmate at the Silverwater Correctional Centre.